transitive verbspun, spin′ning
- to draw out and twist fibers of (wool, cotton, etc.) into thread
- to make (thread, yarn, etc.) by this process
- to make (a web, cocoon, etc.) from a filament of a viscous fluid that is extruded from the body and hardens on exposure to the air: said of spiders, silkworms, etc.
- to make or produce in a way suggestive of spinning: to spin a tale
- to draw out (a story, etc.) to a great length; prolong; protract
- to cause to whirl or rotate swiftly: to spin a top
- to cause (wheels of a vehicle) to rotate freely without traction, as on ice or in sand
- to extract water from (clothes) in a washer by the centrifugal force of swift rotation
- to present (information) with a slant or emphasis, as in an attempt to persuade or deceive someone
- to attempt to persuade or deceive (someone) in this way
Origin of spinMiddle English spinnen from Old English spinnan, akin to German spinnen from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)pen(d)-, to pull, draw, spin from source Lithuanian spéndžiu, to lay a snare and (prob.) Classical Latin pendere, to hang
- to spin thread or yarn
- to form a thread, web, etc.: said of spiders, etc.
- to fish with a spinning reel
- to whirl or rotate swiftly
- to go into or descend in a spin: said of an aircraft
- to seem to be spinning from dizziness
- to move along swiftly and smoothly
- to rotate freely without traction: wheels spinning on ice
- the act of spinning or rotating something
- a spinning or rotating movement
- a moving along swiftly and smoothly
- a ride or pleasure trip in a motor vehicle
- any descent in which an airplane comes down nose first along a spiral path of large pitch and small radius
- any sudden, steep downward movement
Origin of spinfrom the fact that the spin imparted to a ball in certain games affects its direction, bounce, etc.
- a particular emphasis or slant imparted to information in order to create a desired effect, such as a favorable public image for a politician
- the presenting of information in this way
- the intrinsic angular momentum of an elementary particle or photon, produced by rotation about its own axis
- the total angular momentum of a nuclide
- to produce as an outgrowth or secondary benefit, product, development, etc.
- to get rid of