\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən How to pronounce spin (audio) \; spinning

Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to draw out and twist fiber into yarn or thread
2 : to form a thread by extruding a viscous rapidly hardening fluid used especially of a spider or insect
3a : to revolve rapidly : gyrate
b : to feel as if in a whirl : reel my head is spinning
4 : to move swiftly especially on or as if on wheels or in a vehicle
5 : to fish with spinning bait : troll
6a of an airplane : to fall in a spin
b : to plunge helplessly and out of control
7 : to engage in spin control (as in politics)

transitive verb

1a : to draw out and twist into yarns or threads
b : to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material
2 : to form (something, such as a web or cocoon) by spinning
3a : to stretch out or extend (something, such as a story) lengthily : protract usually used with out
b : to evolve, express, or fabricate by processes of mind or imagination spin a yarn
4 : to cause to whirl : impart spin to spin a top
5 : to shape into threadlike form in manufacture also : to manufacture by a whirling process
6 : to set (records or compact discs) rotating on a player : play spin some discs
7 : to present (information) with a particular spin spin the statistics
spin one's wheels
: to make futile efforts to achieve progress



Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of spinning or twirling something also : an instance of spinning or of spinning something doing axels and spins an assortment of spins and lobs
b : the whirling motion imparted (as to a ball or top) by spinning
c : an excursion or ride in a vehicle especially on wheels go for a spin
2a : an aerial maneuver or flight condition consisting of a combination of roll and yaw with the longitudinal axis of the airplane inclined steeply downward
b : a plunging descent or downward spiral
c : a state of mental confusion all in a spin
3a : a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic moment
b : the angular momentum associated with such rotation whose magnitude is quantized and which may assume either of two possible directions also : the angular momentum of a system of such particles derived from the spins and orbital motions of the particles
4a : a usually ingenious twist puts an Asian spin on the pasta dishes
b(1) : a special point of view, emphasis, or interpretation presented for the purpose of influencing opinion put the most favorable spin on the findings
(2) : spin control

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Other Words from spin


spinless \ ˈspin-​ləs How to pronounce spin (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spin in a Sentence

Verb The car hit a patch of ice and spun into the wall. The children were spinning a top. I tried to stand up but the room was spinning. She spun the silk into thread. They spun the wool into yarn. Noun the direction of the Earth's spin The ice-skater executed graceful jumps and spins. A baseball thrown with spin is harder to hit. She put spin on the ball. The bowler put a sideways spin on the ball. Each author puts a new spin on the story. They claim to report the news with no spin. He took me for a spin in his new car. Would you like to go for a spin?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many authoritarian governments spin this reality right into what-about-ism, in which everything is hypocrisy and there is no difference between democratic and authoritarian countries. Justin Sherman, Wired, 20 July 2021 In the 1910 Barn Complex (reopening to the public on Aug. 1), children can spin wool, construct a Shaker chair, or weave on a loom that’s sized just for them. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 The restaurant is hosting a free party Friday with DJs, dancers and performers (6-10 p.m., show at 7, 729 Washington Av., Minneapolis) Main Squeeze Pride Party: DJs will spin at Icehouse Saturday night. Madison Karas, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 The four motors, one powering each wheel, can basically spin the EV around in place by spinning the wheels on either side of the vehicle in opposite directions. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 12 July 2021 The Louis Vuitton designer surprised the world this morning with the release of a spin-off fashion film dedicated to his fall/winter 2021 menswear collection and modeled by the members of the world’s biggest boy band. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 July 2021 If one of them starts to get some traction online, Superplastic will spin them out into their social-media feeds and other initiatives. David Bloom, Forbes, 7 July 2021 In addition, a DJ will spin soulful tunes that run the gamut from Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 June 2021 In the summer, ceiling fans should spin counterclockwise, which creates a downdraft that redistributes cool air around the room. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Guests can enjoy unlimited beer, wine, specialty cocktails and appetizers, while DJs spin tunes among the 180-degree views of the skyline. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, 22 July 2021 The seventh floor also has barbecue areas, dry sauna, locker rooms, a co-working space with vintage furniture and free wireless Internet, social lounge, and a 5,800-square-foot outdoor/indoor gym with a yoga studio and seven spin bikes. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2021 Taking the rocket out for a spin Rich guys have always liked joy riding. Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 The Suns had no counter to his spin moves, jumpers, offensive rebounds and brute force. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 No parent can unfailingly let things go, spin disappointment as opportunity, accept imperfection as a fact of life, reward effort, support a child’s autonomy, and work through their own issues. Gail Cornwall, The Atlantic, 19 July 2021 That is one more bit of spin from the delusional IOC, the only entity that can cancel the Games and which has steadfastly refused to despite the ravages around the world. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 Talk about making your head — and likely your stomach — spin. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2021 Prices will vary wildly and a 10-minute spin could set you back around 300baht. Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of spin


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spin


Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan; akin to Old High German spinnan to spin and perhaps to Lithuanian spęsti to set (a trap)

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English Language Learners Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to turn or cause someone or something to turn around repeatedly
: to seem to be moving around in a way that makes you feel dizzy or sick
: to draw out and twist fibers of cotton, wool, silk, etc., into yarn or thread



English Language Learners Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of turning around and around : an act of spinning
: a rapid turning motion given to a ball by someone who throws or hits it
: a certain way of describing or talking about something that is meant to influence other people's opinion of it


\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən \; spinning

Kids Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to turn or cause to turn round and round rapidly : twirl He fell after spinning in circles.
2 : to make yarn or thread from (fibers) He spun the silk into thread.
3 : to make (yarn or thread) from fibers She was spinning yarn from wool.
4 : to form threads or a web or cocoon by giving off a sticky fluid that quickly hardens A spider was spinning its web.
5 : to feel as if in a whirl My head was spinning. The room was spinning.
6 : to make up and tell using the imagination I listened to him spin a tale.
7 : to move swiftly on wheels or in a vehicle The car spun away.
8 : to make, shape, or produce by or as if by whirling The woman spun sugar as a demonstration.

Other Words from spin

spinner \ ˈspi-​nər \ noun



Kids Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rapid motion of turning around and around
2 : a short trip in or on a wheeled vehicle


\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \

Medical Definition of spin

1 : a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic moment
2 : the angular momentum which is associated with spin, whose magnitude is quantized, and which may assume either of two possible directions also : the angular momentum of a system of elementary particles derived from their spins and orbital motions — see spin echo, spin label

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