spin·ning | \ ˈspi-niŋ \

Definition of spinning 

: a method of fishing in which a lure is cast by use of a light flexible rod, a spinning reel, and a light line

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The basic idea is that these machines can operate in some manner (say with a spinning wheel) forever without an energy source. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of a Puzzling Perpetual Motion Machine," 12 June 2018 Even the Russian judge will give you some leeway on account of the pickup truck spinning in the middle of the street. Chris Lykins, San Antonio Express-News, "We hope you've had enough of winter," 19 Jan. 2018 The 11-acre land opened June 30 and features a roller coaster and a family spinning ride as well as a quick-serve restaurant and two merchandise stands. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "How will Disney, Universal, SeaWorld perform financially this summer?," 12 July 2018 Kaycee had to wear a rainbow outfit that turned her into the spinning wheel of death. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Big Brother power rankings: Day 19," 9 July 2018 The long-running event offers metal crunching cars, gut spinning rides, fun fair food, pageants for all ages and several opportunities to out eat more chicken wings, watermelon and pie than your fellow fair goer. Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal, "43 years of fun at the Bullitt County Fair," 15 June 2018 After one of Kane’s goals against Tunisia early in the tournament, his mother, Kathryn, posted a short clip of Alex spinning and celebrating in her living room for family and friends to see on Twitter. NBC News, "Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues," 14 July 2018 Each is a replica of the last, a humming absence spinning into the ether. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 The arc of his spinning shot carried it beyond the reach of Franco Armani, the diving Argentine keeper, and into the left side netting. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Benjamin Pavard, and His World Cup Highlight, Came Out of Nowhere," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of spinning

1855, in the meaning defined above

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someone's head is spinning

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the setting in which something occurs

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