spin·​out | \ ˈspin-ˌau̇t How to pronounce spinout (audio) \

Definition of spinout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a rotational skid by an automobile that usually causes it to leave the roadway

spin out

spun out; spinning out; spins out

Definition of spin out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a rotational skid in an automobile

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Pivotal, a California software firm formed as a spinout in 2012 of both VMware and EMC, became publicly traded in April 2018. BostonGlobe.com, "Cybersecurity firm bought by EMC-Dell affiliate," 23 Aug. 2019 The water caused a crash and a spinout within the span of five minutes, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix sees small fires, power outages after severe thunderstorm watch," 23 July 2019 This looks sensible; other animal-health spinouts have done well. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Another Bad Deal for Bayer," 29 Nov. 2018 Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass reopened at about 9:30 p.m. Friday after an extended closure due to multiple spinouts. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "I-90 reopens at Snoqualmie Pass," 23 Nov. 2018 But the spinout never happened, and Lowell McAdams, the Verizon CEO Armstrong first worked with, has been replaced by Hans Vestberg, who doesn’t seem to share McAdams’s interest in becoming a media player. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Tim Armstrong is headed out of Verizon. What happens to the $9 billion content company he is leaving behind?," 7 Sep. 2018 That led to another wave of innovation and spinout companies. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "The secret to Boston’s innovation economy," 2 June 2018 Minors crashes and spinouts occurred in southeast Wisconsin, but no major crashes were reported by the State Patrol or Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring storm brings ice and snow to Milwaukee and eastern Wisconsin," 15 Apr. 2018 Driving conditions predictably deteriorated, and among the accidents was a police-car spinout on I-95 in South Philadelphia in which two officers were injured. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Biggest snow of the season … so why wasn't it more disruptive?," 21 Mar. 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above

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