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 Tauchman then hit a 55.5-mph spinner to Lux, who couldn’t make the bare-handed charging play. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 Fidgeting didn’t start with the popping toy and spinner crazes. Katherine Isbister, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 The suitcase has a durable shell, double spinner wheels, and two pockets in the inside. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 May 2021 Fidget-spinner motion distracted other kids in classrooms. Katherine Isbister, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 The washer can handle 18 pounds’ worth of laundry and the spinner 8 pounds. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 Luggage sets under $100 consist of either a carry-on bag with a smaller tote bag or a larger spinner suitcase with a smaller carry-on bag. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2021 Their durable polycarbonate hard shell, 360 degree spinner wheels and included laundry bag ensure that your traveling needs are met with one simple purchase. Samantha Costantino, Forbes, 5 May 2021 So far, General Motors GM -3.38% seems to have maintained output of its big pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles, whereas Ford has had to trim production of its chief money-spinner, the F-150. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021

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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 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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