spinner

noun
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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Here, from left, some popular toys through the years: the Atari 2600, the Tamagotchi digital pet, Webkinz and fidget spinners. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Toy Sorry: Why the Holiday Season May Give Hasbro, Mattel a Lump of Coal," 7 Dec. 2018 Like other trends of recent years — fidget spinners, hoverboards — the flip-sequin trend will soon fizzle out, giving way to some new iteration of plastic. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 The Verge spoke with Galbo about fidget spinners, explosions, and why to put a baby in a forcefield. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why a government agency is spreading memes about dogs riding pigeons," 29 Oct. 2018 Repeat until the shaft looks straight in the spinner. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 With water temperatures still low, Oslund said fish are hanging out near shore, meaning spinners or sinking leech patterns can be productive. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the best bets for sportfishing in Southcentral Alaska this holiday weekend," 26 May 2018 Fidget spinners are all the rage among kids, and their parents, too. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "These Moms Are Warning All Parents After Their Fidget Spinners Caught on Fire," 29 June 2017 Silver spinners will also catch fish; Panther Martins or small Mepps seem to be best. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s still springtime on the Denali Highway," 10 June 2018 But how does a hammer compare to a vertical spinner? Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Terrifying Technological Tactics Behind BattleBots," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spinner

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spinner

noun

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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