spin·ner | \ˈspi-nər \

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

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Look for drift-and-cast fishing with the popular small spinner rigs, also called mayfly rigs or weapon rigs, all tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler, to begin dominating the action. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for May 11: Western Lake Erie walleye fishing drawing crowds," 11 May 2018 If the fidget spinner theme didn’t tip you off, the fair is geared toward families and samples the best of what this big state represents. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "All the new State Fair offerings: wine tastings, silent discos, coasters and acai bowls," 12 July 2018 Your July 4 questions answered However, fireworks such as sparklers, smoke, fountains, crackers, strobe, wheels and spinners are permitted, according to the Bryant Law Center. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the places you can (and can't) light fireworks in Louisville," 2 July 2018 Vendors barked out pitches for Pikachu plushies, fidget spinners with strobing lobes, and Cosplay anime onesies for adults. Taras Grescoe, New York Times, "The Best Asian Food in North America? Try British Columbia," 4 June 2018 This new maze makes use of several marbles, and over twenty fidget spinners that gently turn and twist to push the marbles along. Thuy Ong, The Verge, "Here’s the best use for fidget spinners yet," 22 Mar. 2018 And now, Kim Kardashian is getting in on the trend with a questionable fidget spinner all of her own. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Selling A Gold Fidget Spinner That Says "Daddy"," 19 June 2017 The children of the rich and famous – at least one future billionaire among them – were spending their spare time dabbling with orgonites, which just happen to have a slightly more fraught history than, say, fidget spinners or terrariums. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Each game is played for a specific grade level and lasts about 10 minutes, with six players as contestants, 12 wheel spinners and two or three lifelines to help with questions, if needed. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Darien man's master thesis game Wheel of Wisdom still alive after 33 years," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of spinner

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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