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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Larger planes—like the A380—produce the most powerful wake turbulence, or vortexes of air spinning in opposite directions; these flows can linger more than three minutes after a plane has passed through the space. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Qantas A380 'Nosedives' Because of Turbulence from Another Plane," 14 June 2018 Tickets to the event include featured craft cocktails from the book and local brews from Dock Street Brewery, as well as a discussion with the authors and a van spinning vinyls throughout the evening. Philly.com, "Pink, Philadelphia Furniture Show, Food Truck Popup, Booze & Vinyl party and more great Philadelphia events," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s some spinning on carousel-like platforms — fan websites say the ride is similar to a slower version of the Mad Tea Party — but nothing too fast and no one is turned upside down. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "From Toy Story Land to Fast & Furious: What’s opening in Florida theme parks in 2018 | Miami Herald," 1 Mar. 2018 This kind of field, astronomers thought, was made only by a magnetic dynamo of intensely hot, flowing liquid metal inside a planet, the way Earth’s magnetic field is produced by liquid iron spinning in the planet’s core. Linda T. Elkins-tanton, Scientific American, "Our Solar System Was Born through High-Energy Crashes, Not Stately Growth," 26 Dec. 2016 Laser gyroscopes are sensitive to the spinning of the Earth (as intended). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Awesome tiny gyroscope promising but not ready for prime time," 9 Nov. 2018 Hubble's troublesome gyroscopes are several small spinning cylinders that rotate and stabilize the telescope. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Fixed Hubble the Same Way You Fix Your Computer," 23 Oct. 2018 Plus, the spinning will help even out the temperatures on the spacecraft during its orbit. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Two spacecraft are embarking on a seven-year journey to decode Mercury’s mysteries," 19 Oct. 2018 The rest of the evening was spent dancing to the sensational disc-spinning of DJs Ariel Wizman, Agathe Mougin, and Wladimir Schall. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, and More Attend the Paris Opera Ballet’s Opulent Opening Gala," 28 Sep. 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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