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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

spin off

spun off; spinning off; spins off

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

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of spin-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The researchers want to use this study to spin off a whole new area of cosmology research. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Universe Is a Machine That Keeps Learning, Scientists Say," 14 Apr. 2021 Then, in 2007, BRAIN was approached by a restaurant chain that had decided to spin off a line of bakeries. James Somers, The New Yorker, "The Pastry A.I. That Learned to Fight Cancer," 18 Mar. 2021 Vodafone’s move to spin off a minority of Vantage is a way to unlock value trapped in its business without giving up strategic control. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The 5G Tower Party Is Just Getting Started," 16 Mar. 2021 Once a fan has bought in to the mythology, there are nearly endless ways to spin off new plots and reveal hidden details about characters or history. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, "Spotify And DC Tease New Superhero Podcasts As War For Fans’ Ears Heats Up," 24 Feb. 2021 National Australia had planned to spin off MLC by the end of 2019, although the timing repeatedly shifted as the bank grappled with a rising bill for customer remediation and lackluster earnings. Matthew Burgess, Bloomberg.com, "IOOF Plans A$1 Billion Raising to Buy NAB’s Wealth Unit," 31 Aug. 2020 In a typical theme and variations form, a theme is heard straight through and then followed by a series of variations that spin off, play with, tweak or elaborate upon it. Gilbert Cruz, New York Times, "Love Classical Music? Anthony Tommasini Recommends Contemporary Composers," 23 Feb. 2021 Greenfield and others on Wall Street have suggested that AT&T spin off WarnerMedia to combine with NBCUniversal. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Why media stocks are booming one year after coronavirus shutdown," 10 Mar. 2021 The chains spin off two smaller proteins, NSP3 and NSP5, protein-cutting protease enzymes that then chop up the rest of the polyproteins into independent, functioning proteins. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Researchers race to develop antiviral weapons to fight the pandemic coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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“Spin-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spin-off. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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


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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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