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

Examples of spinout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The documentary is about the FAME Recording Studios and a spinout, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Beat the Blues With Music Flicks," 27 Dec. 2020 Coinvented by the University of Oxford and its spinout company, Vaccitech, this vaccine uses different molecular tools to provide a preview of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the human body. Sanjay Mishra, The Conversation, "Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is cheaper than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s and doesn’t require supercold temperature," 24 Nov. 2020 The scientists’ small biotech company—a spinout partially funded by Oxford—was refusing to hand over intellectual-property rights. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Oxford Developed Covid Vaccine, Then Scholars Clashed Over Money," 21 Oct. 2020 The conversations over a spinout took place in fits and starts, partly because of the challenge of transferring and valuing a complex portfolio, people familiar with the matter said. Dawn Lim And Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Harvard Spins Out Natural-Resources Team, Ending Long Chapter at Endowment," 8 Oct. 2020 The spinout shrinks the $41.9 billion endowment’s controversial natural-resources portfolio and marks the exit of the last group inside Harvard tasked with running an entire asset class directly without outside fund managers. Dawn Lim And Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Harvard Spins Out Natural-Resources Team, Ending Long Chapter at Endowment," 8 Oct. 2020 But in the year and a half since OneFifteen’s high-profile launch, Verily has remained relatively quiet about its progress — and its role in the effort, which is a collaboration between the Alphabet life science spinout and two local health systems. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "Nearly a year since opening its doors, here’s how Verily’s addiction medicine campus is taking shape," 31 Aug. 2020 Autonomous driving pioneer Anthony Levandowski has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in a plea deal over his central role in the theft of intellectual property from Google spinout Waymo. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Instagram Reels is a real threat to TikTok," 6 Aug. 2020 Catalio’s spinout came amid fundraising for the second... Preeti Singh, WSJ, "Camden Spinout Catalio Sets Up as Biomedical Investor," 29 June 2020

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1955, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Spinout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinout. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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