spin

verb
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən How to pronounce spin (audio) \; spinning

Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to draw out and twist fiber into yarn or thread
2 : to form a thread by extruding a viscous rapidly hardening fluid used especially of a spider or insect
3a : to revolve rapidly : gyrate
b : to feel as if in a whirl : reel my head is spinning
4 : to move swiftly especially on or as if on wheels or in a vehicle
5 : to fish with spinning bait : troll
6a of an airplane : to fall in a spin
b : to plunge helplessly and out of control
7 : to engage in spin control (as in politics)

transitive verb

1a : to draw out and twist into yarns or threads
b : to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material
2 : to form (something, such as a web or cocoon) by spinning
3a : to stretch out or extend (something, such as a story) lengthily : protract usually used with out
b : to evolve, express, or fabricate by processes of mind or imagination spin a yarn
4 : to cause to whirl : impart spin to spin a top
5 : to shape into threadlike form in manufacture also : to manufacture by a whirling process
6 : to set (records or compact discs) rotating on a player : play spin some discs
7 : to present (information) with a particular spin spin the statistics
spin one's wheels
: to make futile efforts to achieve progress

spin

noun

Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of spinning or twirling something also : an instance of spinning or of spinning something doing axels and spins an assortment of spins and lobs
b : the whirling motion imparted (as to a ball or top) by spinning
c : an excursion or ride in a vehicle especially on wheels go for a spin
2a : an aerial maneuver or flight condition consisting of a combination of roll and yaw with the longitudinal axis of the airplane inclined steeply downward
b : a plunging descent or downward spiral
c : a state of mental confusion all in a spin
3a : a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic moment
b : the angular momentum associated with such rotation whose magnitude is quantized and which may assume either of two possible directions also : the angular momentum of a system of such particles derived from the spins and orbital motions of the particles
4a : a usually ingenious twist puts an Asian spin on the pasta dishes
b(1) : a special point of view, emphasis, or interpretation presented for the purpose of influencing opinion put the most favorable spin on the findings
(2) : spin control

Other Words from spin

Noun

spinless \ ˈspin-​ləs How to pronounce spin (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spin in a Sentence

Verb The car hit a patch of ice and spun into the wall. The children were spinning a top. I tried to stand up but the room was spinning. She spun the silk into thread. They spun the wool into yarn. Noun the direction of the Earth's spin The ice-skater executed graceful jumps and spins. A baseball thrown with spin is harder to hit. She put spin on the ball. The bowler put a sideways spin on the ball. Each author puts a new spin on the story. They claim to report the news with no spin. He took me for a spin in his new car. Would you like to go for a spin? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After allowing Zache to strike out the side under a steady drizzle, the skies opened up and the rains intensified, making things increasingly difficult for Lowry, whose success is predicated on her ability to spin the ball. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2022 Yet, as talented and likeable as those women are, a comedian brings different sorts of skills to the table, such as the ability to spin on a moment’s notice and the good judgement to know when to crack a joke and when to hold their tongue. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 The whole kit and caboodle can make your head spin. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The finer touches may or may not be rooted in historical truth, but their sum, at its best, can make your head spin. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 Over the last few decades, China and the United States have built a patchwork of agreements and communications lines intended to avoid misunderstandings as well as collisions at sea or in the air that might spin into broader confrontation. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Over the last few decades, China and the United States have built a patchwork of agreements and communications lines intended to avoid misunderstandings as well as collisions at sea or in the air that might spin into broader confrontation. New York Times, 10 June 2022 Forecasts include storms that spin up in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 Sonic is assisted in fighting off this new threat by the plucky Tails (Colleen O'Shaughnessey), a gadget-whiz fox with two tails that can spin together in a helicopter-esque motion. David Sims, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This preschool series has launched specials, spin-offs and Super Monsters: The New Class, which launched in August 2020. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 1 July 2022 But those are spin-offs that kept a universe going by focusing on what had been supporting characters. Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 June 2022 New names for the spin-offs will be announced later, and the spinoffs are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 21 June 2022 Unsurprisingly, Judge was approached for sequels and spin-offs and, reportedly at one point, was pitched by Paramount on a live-action version. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 The docuseries, which premiered in 2009 and chronicles the lives of real teen moms, has already spawned multiple spin-offs — and now the network is birthing a new iteration: 16 & Pregnant the YA novel. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 15 June 2022 There could be spin-offs that would take things in a different direction which could easily involve some of the new young cast. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Will Tala appear in other Star Wars shows and spin-offs? Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 2 June 2022 While many spin offs have come from the show, the original Law & Order first aired in 1990, and after a 20 year run, took over a 10 year hiatus before finally returning in 2022. al, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spin

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spin

Verb

Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan; akin to Old High German spinnan to spin and perhaps to Lithuanian spęsti to set (a trap)

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spin

verb
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən \; spinning

Kids Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to turn or cause to turn round and round rapidly : twirl He fell after spinning in circles.
2 : to make yarn or thread from (fibers) He spun the silk into thread.
3 : to make (yarn or thread) from fibers She was spinning yarn from wool.
4 : to form threads or a web or cocoon by giving off a sticky fluid that quickly hardens A spider was spinning its web.
5 : to feel as if in a whirl My head was spinning. The room was spinning.
6 : to make up and tell using the imagination I listened to him spin a tale.
7 : to move swiftly on wheels or in a vehicle The car spun away.
8 : to make, shape, or produce by or as if by whirling The woman spun sugar as a demonstration.

Other Words from spin

spinner \ ˈspi-​nər \ noun

spin

noun

Kids Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rapid motion of turning around and around
2 : a short trip in or on a wheeled vehicle

spin

noun
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \

Medical Definition of spin

1 : a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic moment
2 : the angular momentum which is associated with spin, whose magnitude is quantized, and which may assume either of two possible directions also : the angular momentum of a system of elementary particles derived from their spins and orbital motions — see spin echo, spin label

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