spin·​ner | \ ˈspi-nər How to pronounce spinner (audio) \

Definition of spinner

1 : one that spins
2 : a fisherman's lure consisting of a spoon, blade, or set of wings that revolves when drawn through the water
3 : a conical sheet metal fairing that is attached to an airplane propeller boss and revolves with it
4 : a movable arrow that is spun on its dial to indicate the number or kind of moves a player may make in a board game

Examples of spinner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While gold dominates the spinner blade selections, silver blades can produce, as well. cleveland, "Mayflies are in full flight over Lake Erie, which helps those seeking walleye and perch: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, June 25," 25 June 2020 Because of their huge numbers, trico spinner falls often lure large trout to the surface. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Trout During the Summer Trico Hatch," 23 June 2020 Both have spinner wheels for easy movement through airports and city streets. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Luggage Deals to Shop During Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 23 June 2020 The Panther Martin name is well known by trout anglers, but WeedRunner inline spinner was designed specifically for bass. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Fish for Bass Like a Pro: Spinnerbait Tips from Kevin VanDam," 16 June 2020 The federal authorities ordered the Max grounded, and revenues from the plane that was supposed to be Boeing’s biggest revenue-and profit-spinner fell to virtually zero. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "6 reasons Boeing’s financial picture may be brighter than most assume," 20 June 2020 The most common weights for the spinner rigs have been half- and 3/4-ounce barrel sinkers. cleveland, "Catfishing a treat for local kids: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, June 19," 18 June 2020 More to know: The spinner can also be used to lift the pie and check on the crust, to move toppings around and pop any dough or cheese bubbles that arise. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "How to have the ultimate pizza night at home," 17 June 2020 The other option is an inline spinnerbait, which is aptly named: the spinner runs in line with the body. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Fish for Bass Like a Pro: Spinnerbait Tips from Kevin VanDam," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of spinner

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spinner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinner. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spinner

: someone or something that spins yarn or thread
: a small device that spins and that is used by fishermen to attract fish
cricket : a bowler who throws the ball so that it spins

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