- Spin means to make turn around in a circle over and over again.
An example of to spin is a child twirling around in circles.
- Spin is defined as to twist fibers together, or to make a web or cocoon from body fluid.
- An example of to spin is twisting threads of wool together to make yarn.
- An example of to spin is for a spider to spin a web.
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
verbspun, spin·ning, spins
- To rotate rapidly; whirl. See Synonyms at turn.
- To have a sensation of whirling, as from dizziness; reel: My head spun after I did a cartwheel.
- To make thread or yarn by drawing out and twisting fibers.
- To extrude viscous filaments, forming a web or cocoon.
- To fish with a light rod, lure, and line and a reel with a stationary spool.
- To cause to rotate swiftly; twirl: spin a top.
- To shape or manufacture by a twirling or rotating process.
- Informal To play (a recorded piece of music, such as a phonograph record), especially as a disc jockey.
- To provide an interpretation of (a statement or event, for example), especially in a way meant to sway public opinion: “a messenger who spins bogus research into a vile theology of hatred” ( William A. Henry III )
- a. To draw out and twist (fibers) into thread.b. To form (thread or yarn) in this manner.
- To form (a web or cocoon, for example) by extruding viscous filaments.
- To relate or create: spin a story.
- The act of spinning.
- A swift whirling motion.
- A state of mental confusion: I've been in a spin about this all week.
- Informal A short drive in a vehicle: took a spin in the new car.
- The flight condition of an aircraft in a nose-down, spiraling, stalled descent.
- a. A distinctive point of view, emphasis, or interpretation: “adept at putting spin on an apparently neutral recital of facts” ( Robert M. Adams )b. A distinctive character or style: an innovative chef who puts a new spin on traditional fare.
- Physics a. The angular momentum of rotation of a rigid body about its own axis.b. The intrinsic angular momentum of a subatomic particle. Also called spin angular momentum .
Origin of spinMiddle English spinnen to twist fiber into thread from Old English spinnan ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present spins, present participle spinning, simple past spun or (archaic) span, past participle spun)
- (ergative) To rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly); to partially or completely rotate to face another direction.
- I spun myself around a few times.
- Spin the ball on the floor.
- The Earth spins with a period of one day.
- She spun around and gave him a big smile.
- To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together.
- They spin the cotton into thread.
- To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
- (cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
- (cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
- (cooking) To form into thin strips or ribbons, as with sugar
- To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, etc.) from threads produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid, which hardens on coming into contact with the air; said of the spider, the silkworm, etc.
- To shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal revolves, as in a lathe.
- To move swiftly.
- to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
- To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet.
- Blood spins from a vein.
- To twist (hay) into ropes for convenient carriage on an expedition.
- Circular motion.
- The car went into a spin.
- The skaters demonstrated their spins.
- He put some spin on the cue ball.
- One of the planet's moons has a slower spin than the others.
- (physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
- A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
- (sports) Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
- A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
- A brief trip by vehicle.
- A bundle of spun material; a mass of strands and filaments.
- (cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.
From Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan, from Proto-Germanic *spinnanÄ…. Compare Low German spinnen, Dutch spinnen, German spinnen, Danish spinde, Swedish spinna.