top·​spin | \ ˈtäp-ˌspin How to pronounce topspin (audio) \

Definition of topspin

: a rotary motion imparted to a ball that causes it to rotate forward in the direction it is traveling

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Now, in order to produce extreme topspin and power, some players have their palms tucked so far under that their wrists almost seem contorted. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Consider the Forehand," 4 Sep. 2019 The Winchester High number one doesn’t commit a single double fault in the set and stays patient at the baseline, hitting wide angles and switching between topspin and flat shots to throw off her opponent, letting her make the mistakes. Matt Case,, "Winchester’s Thompson takes place among tennis contenders," 11 May 2018 Ben Affleck In the same interview, Damon gave updates on his friend Ben Affleck, putting some positive topspin on a stint in rehab that could look bad for the actor. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Is Matt Damon Suddenly Hollywood’s Greatest Publicist?," 30 Mar. 2017 Chirico’s weapons have been maximized by the conditions in Madrid, where the altitude amplifies her topspin. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Sports Newsletter," 5 May 2016 Their plain-spokenness gives Mr. Jackson’s dialogue a lot of topspin. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "By Greg Jackson," 25 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of topspin

1902, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of topspin

: a forward spinning motion of a ball

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