spin

verb
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən How to pronounce spun (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

spin

noun

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

Noun

spinless \ ˈspin-​ləs How to pronounce spinless (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

The Home Edit team installed a bevy of lazy Susans to spin around towers of frozen treats, including ice cream cones, pints and bars; Luigi’s Italian ice cups; Menchie’s fro-yo; Spongebob push-pop popsicles and so much more. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Peek Inside Khloé Kardashian's Newly Organized Fridge — and Learn How to Recreate It Yourself," 19 June 2019 According to a press release, players will have to spin a stop to activate their ticket and mark their attendance. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Here’s the Pokemon Go Fest 2019 map," 10 June 2019 Forecasters noted that storms in the area have the potential to spin and could spawn a tornado relatively quickly. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "‘Conditional’ threat for isolated tornadoes overnight in central Alabama," 6 June 2019 As she was being transported, the basket began to spin wildly. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Dramatic video shows helicopter rescue of injured woman spinning wildly out of control," 5 June 2019 Administration officials, as well as the president’s allies, have meanwhile tried to spin the sting of deaths as fairly a rare occurrence. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border wall," 29 Dec. 2018 After successfully completing each quiz, the user gets to spin a prize wheel that will offer up either a congratulatory message on their progress or a small digital gift card. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 Levine hit his buzzer within the first few seconds of the performance, causing his red chair to spin around before the 33-year-old even finished her first verse. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Are Not Happy With Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson After Last Night's Show," 9 Oct. 2018 That didn’t matter to Ball, who found a way to spin the lack of a huge crowd. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "LaVar Ball on the sparse JBA League crowd: 'Everybody here is somebody'," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now Different cultures also use a variety toppings to put their own spin on their falafel sandwiches. Nadia Suleman, Time, "'The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Chickpeas.' Google Celebrates Falafel With a Doodle," 18 June 2019 Milano wanted to put her own spin on the character, and for that reason, didn't read Green's book ahead of filming. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Alyssa Milano's New Lifetime Movie Will Make You Uncomfortable—On Purpose," 15 June 2019 Jimmy Fallon put another spin on a classic game show, this time with the help of the Stranger Things cast. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Stranger Things cast face off in Jimmy Fallon's spin on Family Feud," 15 June 2019 Cris Tales Cris Tales puts a unique spin on JRPGs by mucking with time. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Watch the biggest reveals from E3 2019's PC Gaming Show," 10 June 2019 Check out Ekotree, a new design studio that puts a high-tech spin on traditional Irish knits. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "Road trip through the Irish countryside’s wild beauty," 12 Mar. 2019 And to their credit, Cates and Moore seem like just the team to put a new spin on the Sentinel of the Spaceways. Christian Holub, EW.com, "5 comics to read this June: Twisted team-ups and games gone wrong," 4 June 2019 While that fashion myth has (thankfully) been busted time and time again, leave it to Kylie Jenner to put her own spin on tradition with her latest ‘fit. Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Kicked off Summer in White Lace-up Sailor Pants and Neon Green Stilettos," 25 May 2019 Watermelon Salad Feta, mint, bacon, and red onion wedged between marinated watermelon slices put an inventive spin on standard salads. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40 Watermelon Recipes That Are Essential for Summer Barbecues," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of spin

Verb

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

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spin

Verb

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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spin

verb

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

spin

noun

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

spin

verb
\ 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

spin

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

spin

noun
\ 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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