Spin definition

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To cause to rotate swiftly; twirl.

Spin a top.

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A spinning or rotating movement.
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To relate or create.

Spin a story.

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A ride or pleasure trip in a motor vehicle.
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To make thread or yarn by drawing out and twisting fibers.
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To present (information) with a slant or emphasis, as in an attempt to persuade or deceive someone.
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Any sudden, steep downward movement.
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To rotate rapidly; whirl.
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To have a sensation of whirling, as from dizziness; reel.

My head spun after I did a cartwheel.

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To extrude viscous filaments, forming a web or cocoon.
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To fish with a light rod, lure, and line and a reel with a stationary spool.
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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.

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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.

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To draw out and twist (fibers) into thread.
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To form (thread or yarn) in this manner.
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A swift whirling motion.
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A state of mental confusion.

I've been in a spin about this all week.

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(informal) A short drive in a vehicle.

Took a spin in the new car.

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The flight condition of an aircraft in a nose-down, spiraling, stalled descent.
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A distinctive point of view, emphasis, or interpretation.
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A distinctive character or style.

An innovative chef who puts a new spin on traditional fare.

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The angular momentum of rotation of a rigid body about its own axis.
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The intrinsic angular momentum of a subatomic particle.
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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.
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To make or produce in a way suggestive of spinning.

To spin a tale.

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To draw out (a story, etc.) to a great length; prolong; protract.
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To cause to whirl or rotate swiftly.

To spin a top.

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To cause (wheels of a vehicle) to rotate freely without traction, as on ice or in sand.
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To extract water from (clothes) in a washer by the centrifugal force of swift rotation.
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To draw out and twist fibers of (wool, cotton, etc.) into thread.
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To make (thread, yarn, etc.) by this process.
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To attempt to persuade or deceive (someone) in this way.
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To spin thread or yarn.
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To form a thread, web, etc.
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To fish with a spinning reel.
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To whirl or rotate swiftly.
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To go into or descend in a spin.
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To seem to be spinning from dizziness.
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To move along swiftly and smoothly.
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To rotate freely without traction.

Wheels spinning on ice.

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The act of spinning or rotating something.
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A moving along swiftly and smoothly.
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Any descent in which an airplane comes down nose first along a spiral path of large pitch and small radius.
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A particular emphasis or slant imparted to information in order to create a desired effect, such as a favorable public image for a politician.
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The presenting of information in this way.
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The intrinsic angular momentum of an elementary particle or photon, produced by rotation about its own axis.
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The total angular momentum of a nuclide.
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The intrinsic angular momentum of a rigid body or particle, especially a subatomic particle.
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The total angular momentum of a physical system, such as an electron orbital or an atomic nucleus.
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A quantum number expressing spin angular momentum; the actual angular momentum is a quantum number multiplied by Dirac's constant. Fermions have spin values that are integer multiples of1 /2 , while bosons have spin values that are integer multiples of 1.
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(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.

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To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together.

They spin the cotton into thread.

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To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
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(cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
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(cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
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(cooking) To form into thin strips or ribbons, as with sugar.
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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.
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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.
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To move swiftly.

To spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.

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To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet.

Blood spins from a vein.

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To twist (hay) into ropes for convenient carriage on an expedition.
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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.

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(physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
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A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
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(sports) Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
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A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
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A brief trip by vehicle.
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A bundle of spun material; a mass of strands and filaments.
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(cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.
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To shape or manufacture by a twirling or rotating process.
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(informal) To play (a recorded piece of music, such as a phonograph record), especially as a disc jockey.
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To provide an interpretation of (a statement or event, for example), especially in a way meant to sway public opinion.
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To form (a web or cocoon, for example) by extruding viscous filaments.
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The act of spinning.
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(informal) spin (one's) wheels
  • To expend effort with no result.
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spin off
  • to produce as an outgrowth or secondary benefit, product, development, etc.
  • to get rid of
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spin out
  • to slide with a spinning or rotating movement
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spin
Plural:
spins

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spin

  • Middle English spinnen to twist fiber into thread from Old English spinnan (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan, from Proto-Germanic *spinnanÄ…. Compare Low German spinnen, Dutch spinnen, German spinnen, Danish spinde, Swedish spinna.

    From Wiktionary