spin·​ning | \ ˈspi-niŋ How to pronounce spinning (audio) \

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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Because out on the sand, the cars (like a Subaru Crosstrek and Jeep Compass) detected wheelspin and cut power to the spinning wheels. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Your 4WD System," 5 Dec. 2018 James Somers’ story is full of terrific anecdotes about Google’s early days: When a car goes around a turn, more ground must be covered by the outside wheels; likewise, the outer edge of a spinning hard disk moves faster than the inner one. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 Baldwin provided the entirety of the Seahawks’ first-half scoring, hauling in an over-the-shoulder 5-yard touchdown on the team’s opening drive before adding a spinning, diving 35-yard score late in the second quarter. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Instant analysis: Three impressions from the Seahawks’ 26-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018 If a drone falls out of the sky, the plummeting load can weigh up to a dozen pounds and be accompanied by four spinning rotors ready to rip into, or lop off, anything that gets in their way. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Why It's So Incredibly Hard to Attach a Parachute to a Drone," 29 Nov. 2018 The Surface Headphones include two free-spinning dials. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: tune out the outside world to focus," 3 Oct. 2018 German Christmas pyramids are also made of the material; they're decorated with figurines from a nativity scene, and a spinning roter at the top is fueled by the rising heat of burning candles, which are placed along the bottom. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 In addition to the decent graphics card, this laptop features a 15.6-inch matte IPS display that pushes a 1080p resolution, an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage via a 7,200RPM spinning drive. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "At $599, HP’s gaming laptop is an even better deal for casual gamers," 18 Dec. 2018 Peloton clearly made a savvy decision launching at-home connected spinning, a modality that has had a bigger boom than other types of fitness classes. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of spinning

1855, in the meaning defined above

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