spin-off

noun \ ˈspin-ˌȯf \

Definition of spin-off

1 :the distribution by a business to its stockholders of particular assets and especially of stock of another company; also :the new company created by such a distribution
2 :a collateral or derived product or effect :by-product; also :a number of such products
  • the spin-off from the space program
3 :something that is imitative or derivative of an earlier work, product, or establishment; especially :a television show starring a character popular in a secondary role of an earlier show

First Known Use of spin-off

1950


spin off

verb

Definition of spin off

transitive verb
:to establish or produce as a spin-off
  • the company spun off its computer division
  • spin off a new TV series
intransitive verb
:to establish or become a spin-off

First Known Use of spin off

1950


SPIN-OFF Defined for English Language Learners

spin-off

noun

Definition of spin-off for English Language Learners

  • : a television program, movie, book, etc., that is based on characters from another television program, movie, book, etc.

  • : a new company created by a large company

  • : something useful that results from work done to produce something else


Law Dictionary

spin-off

noun \ ˈspin-ˌȯf, -ˌäf \

legal Definition of spin-off

:a transfer of corporate assets to a subsidiary in return for a distribution to the shareholders of the corporation of all of the stock or controlling stock of the subsidiary without surrender of any stock by the shareholders of the corporation :a D reorganization involving a distribution of the stock of another company to the corporation's shareholders; also :a new company created by such a distribution — compare split-off, split-up


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