\ˈspin-ˌȯf \

Definition of spin-off 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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Definition of spin off (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for spin-off

Synonyms: Noun

by-product, derivate, derivation, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth

Antonyms: Noun

origin, root, source

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This skepticism spun off at one point into the Seth Rich conspiracy theory, which was pushed with gusto for a while by Trump's cable-news ally, Sean Hannity. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory," 13 July 2018 For now, Oxford has spun off the technology into a company, Oxford VR, which will work with Britain’s National Health Service to provide virtual reality services in medical offices. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018 Here's a look at the elite four LPs to have spun off a record seven Hot 100 top 10s each. Gary Trust, Billboard, "The 7 God: Drake's 'Scorpion' Is Just Fourth Album With Record 7 Hot 100 Top 10s, & First This Century," 10 July 2018 Recode reported yesterday that Disney is willing to spin off the networks if regulators require it. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "What will Disney and Comcast own if they buy Fox?," 15 June 2018 Cable giant Altice, which owns the former Cablevision Systems and a controlling stake in Suddenlink in the U.S., is planning to spin off its U.S. unit. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Altice to Spin off U.S. Unit," 9 Jan. 2018 Channel 12 offices and studios remained in the building after the companies split in 2015, when Gannett Co. was spun off from Tegna. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Republic to sell downtown Phoenix building, parking garage," 27 June 2018 Messenger used to be part of Facebook's main service, before it was spun off into a separate application in 2014. Bloomberg News, NOLA.com, "Facebook scans what you send other people on messenger app," 4 Apr. 2018 Thank you @TelevisionAcad for recognizing our Late Night show and the spin off shows it’s spawned. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Late-Night Hosts Celebrate and Poke Fun at Nominations," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of spin-off


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of spin-off was in 1950

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English Language Learners Definition of spin-off

: 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


\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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