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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

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

Antonyms: Noun

origin, root, source

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In a couple months, it was spun off into a standalone entity. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "With 600% growth, Realme has left its smartphone rivals behind by a mile in India," 13 Aug. 2019 Consisting mainly of Chinese people living overseas, as well as Chinese university students, Di Ba spun off from a fan page for a Chinese footballer on an internet forum called Tieba. Jane Li, Quartz, "An army of China’s internet trolls has a message for Hong Kong protesters," 24 July 2019 The original Virgil brought pride and (a degree of) unity to a fractious and fiercely divided Rome by spinning off an old (originally Greek) tale—The Aeneid—with totally compelling freshness. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "6 Talking Points From the Fall 2019 Menswear Season to Come Inspired by Virgil... (Not the Virgil that You’re Thinking Of)," 3 Jan. 2019 Now teams occasionally attempt more threes than twos, and the earth doesn’t spin off its axis. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stephen Curry at 30: From baby-faced Warriors guard to basketball revolutionary and beyond," 8 Mar. 2018 The case is an offshoot of a lawsuit filed in 2017 by Waymo, a self-driving car pioneer spun off from Google. CBS News, "Ex-Google engineer charged with stealing trade secrets for driverless cars," 27 Aug. 2019 Sabre was a part of American Airlines until it was spun off in 2000 and once owned the Travelocity brand. Dallas News, "Southlake-based Sabre plans to fight Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit," 20 Aug. 2019 The company, spun off by Chinese internet giant Tencent in December, owns four of China’s biggest music applications, including WeSing, a social karaoke app, and streaming services QQ Music, Kugou Music, and Kuwo Music. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Online karaoke isn’t driving growth like it used to for Tencent Music," 13 Aug. 2019 Liberty Latin America, a cable system operator, spun off from Liberty Global at the start of last year. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Median pay for Colorado executive rises in 2018, despite down year for most investors," 11 Aug. 2019

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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


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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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