spin·​out | \ ˈspin-ˌau̇t \

Definition of spinout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spin out


Definition of spin out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a rotational skid in an automobile

Examples of spinout in a Sentence

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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23 Nov. 2018 But the spinout never happened, and Lowell McAdams, the Verizon CEO Armstrong first worked with, has been replaced by Hans Vestberg, who doesn’t seem to share McAdams’s interest in becoming a media player.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 With these cars, as evidenced by the multiple spinouts Friday, that’s not the case. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "2018 Indy cars throw big curve at drivers on first day of practice," 9 Mar. 2018 Several crashes and spinouts caused hours-long road closures across the state before Malloy issued a brief tractor-trailer and tandem trailer ban for all limited access highways during the height of the storm. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Nearly 140K Still Without Power After Nor'easter; Repairs Could Take Days," 8 Mar. 2018 Founded in 2005 as a spinout from Providence Portland Medical Center, UbiVac is developing immunotherapies to fight cancer. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Veteran Oregon CFO Steve Buhaly joins Portland biotech company UbiVac," 29 Jan. 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above

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