Definition of spin in English:

spin

Syllabification: spin
Pronunciation: /spin
 
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verb (spins, spinning, spun, spən/)

1Turn or cause to turn or whirl around quickly: [no object]: the girl spun around in alarm the rear wheels spun violently [with object]: he fiddled with the radio, spinning the dial
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  • Pandora spun round quickly and came eye to eye with Alexei who was smiling down at her.
  • He spun round quickly so that he was almost facing her, and spoke in an urgent tone.
  • Tanya spun round, her chair falling with a clatter.
Synonyms
revolve, rotate, turn, go round, whirl, gyrate, circlewhirl, wheel, twirl, turn, swing, twist, swivel, pirouette, pivot
1.1 [no object] (Of a person’s head) give a sensation of dizziness: the figures were enough to make her head spin
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  • She tried to get up but it was too hard, her head spun and the dizziness overcame her.
  • My head is spinning and I'm badly bruised and shaken.
  • We left him there, his head still spinning with thoughts of Minnie, and her delightful, exuberant girlishness.
Synonyms
reel, whirl, go around, swim
1.2 [with object] chiefly Cricket Impart a revolving motion to (a ball) when bowling.
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  • He stood up to the wickets when Shane Warne was still spinning the ball sharply and lost almost nothing in comparison with Ian Healy, one of the best members of a great tradition.
  • He spun the ball to Kleinjan Tromp who sent the ball wide for centre Gcobani Bobo to canter in and give the home side the lead for the first time in the match.
  • Having been selected by Wisden as one of the five cricketers of the last century, Shane Warne has kept taking wickets and kept spinning the ball in the new century.
1.3 [no object] (Of a ball) move through the air with a revolving motion.
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  • The ball spun viciously, and forced a great touch from the keeper.
  • In the old days, they used to tell you to turn a little sideways and move into the pitch because the ball was spinning and would move away from the plate once it hit the dirt.
  • As they pushed Stewartry, gaining a succession of penalties, the ball spun wide to be knocked on, ironically, by Smith with the line in sight.
1.4 [with object] Give (a news story or other information) a particular interpretation, especially a favorable one.
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  • The alternative Houston weekly that broke the story spun the tale as one of Olafson using his blog to rat on local politicians.
  • Public relations firms spun stories to show why big oil companies were not at all to blame.
  • I expect the British media to spin the story, to tell us selective or partial truths… that's an inevitable consequence of being human, really.
1.5 [with object] Shape (sheet metal) by pressure applied during rotation on a lathe: (as adjective spun) spun metal components
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  • First the brass plates were spun on a lathe over a wooden mold to create the font.
2 [with object] Draw out (wool, cotton, or other material) and convert it into threads, either by hand or with machinery: they spin wool into the yarn for weaving (as adjective spun) spun glass
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  • In another building, not far from where the sewing is taking place, cotton is spun into yarn and turned into a material.
  • Raw flax and wool was spun into yarn, this was then dyed or bleached, woven into cloth and then cut and sewn into the garments their families needed.
  • In these interior images, figures read aloud, spin wool, and converse with one another.
2.1Make (threads) by drawing out and twisting fibers: this method is used to spin filaments from syrups
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  • These strong, thick ropes are spun using hundreds and even thousands of steel wires.
  • Yet, not even the largest hosiery mills of England spun their own thread.
  • He went inside and came across a beautiful woman spinning golden thread.
2.2(Of a spider or a silkworm or other insect) produce (gossamer or silk) or construct (a web or cocoon) by extruding a fine viscous thread from a special gland.
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  • Such meals exact a price, however: after chowing down on toxic aphids, spiders spin asymmetrical webs.
  • Unlike insects, spiders spin silks throughout their lives.
  • He jumped down, knife in hand, going down into the crater like a spider spinning a web.
3 [no object] Fish with a spinner: they were spinning for salmon in the lake
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  • Trolling with artificial baits, the use of dead or live baits, spinning and float fishing were the types of fishing in the Gulf.
  • These times are usually when spinning or when I fish with feeders or when on holiday, when I cannot guarantee the security of my gear, especially when camping.
  • It's a real brute of a rod and when allied with a very big fixed spool reel is perfect for spinning or for fish up to fifty pounds or so.

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1A rapid turning or whirling motion: he concluded the dance with a double spin
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  • To topple their rivals, Zhao dreams of launching Shen into mid-air with the spin to whirl an additional 360 degrees and still touch down in stride.
  • As a fired bullet travels through the barrel, the grooves guide the bullet and give it a rapid spin.
  • Starting with the German Wheel act, Canadian Shayne Courtright deftly balanced himself in his spins, turns, twists of a wheel without losing ground.
Synonyms
1.1Revolving motion imparted to a ball in a game such as baseball, cricket, tennis, or billiards: this racket enables the player to impart more spin to the ball
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  • For me the star attraction of the team was the mystery spinner from Australia, Jack Iverson, who took to cricket after practising spin with a table tennis ball.
  • Even a slightly damp clubface hinders your ability to impart spin on the ball, reducing your ability to draw and fade the shot on command.
  • The clubface will be closing when it contacts the ball, imparting right-to-left spin.
1.2 [in singular] A particular bias, interpretation, or point of view, intended to create a favorable (or sometimes, unfavorable) impression when presented to the public: he tried to put a positive spin on the president’s campaign
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  • The Conference of Mayors made a somewhat bizarre attempt to put a positive spin on the survey's findings.
  • Despite efforts to put a positive spin on the outcome, the only concrete decision was that negotiations would continue.
  • Some boards like to put a positive spin on it as they did when I was on the board of trustees for a very large girls school.
Synonyms
slant, angle, twist, bias
1.3 [usually in singular] An uncontrolled fast revolving descent of an aircraft, resulting from a stall: he tried to stop the plane from going into a spin
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  • The Texan then entered a spin, descended rapidly and collided with the ground.
  • Controls were also reported to be heavy when flying at high speeds, or at the beginning of a spin or snap roll.
  • An airplane in a spin does not gain airspeed and its rate of descent is relatively slow.
1.4 [usually as modifier] trademark short for spinning2. an hour-long spin class spin can be tough but it’s the best cardio/muscle workout
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  • Joining a class such as Yoga, Pilates, or Spin should guarantee you a proper insight into how your body works.
  • There will be two new aerobic studios including a spin studio and a cardio theatre entertainment system.
  • After the market closes, he unwinds by working as a spin instructor instructor at a few health clubs around town.
1.5 Physics The intrinsic angular momentum of a subatomic particle.
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  • Both the spin and orbital angular momentum of a beam can always be calculated from the transverse components of linear momentum.
  • But any particle with integer intrinsic spin angular momentum is a boson.
  • This symmetry relates to the spin angular momentum of fundamental particles.
2 [in singular] informal A brief trip in a vehicle for pleasure: a spin around town
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  • The trip offers a local spin, like libations at a logger bar and a shuttle back to Schweitzer in county school buses.
  • Look out for the MF03 Mini sponsored by Williams, taking a spin through the town with our models.
  • He makes trouble for Mathieu, even ‘borrowing’ his Volvo for a spin through town.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English spinnan 'draw out and twist (fiber)'; related to German spinnen. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

Phrases

spin one's wheels

North American informal Waste one’s time or efforts.
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  • It's a show mainly fueled by ire: If his guests are courteous and prepared, he spins his wheels.
  • We are spinning our wheels while falling further behind.
  • You're probably right about us spinning our wheels, so I'll move on.

spin a yarn

Tell a long, far-fetched story.
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  • I feel so let down I have been spun a yarn from start to finish.
  • He would also like to see it used during TV interviews with politicians, so audiences could tell whether they were being spun a yarn.
  • A cracker bus driver refuses to let him aboard, and our hero coolly spins a yarn about being a wounded veteran of the Normandy landings which shames the man into submission.
Synonyms
tell, recount, relate, narrate; weave, concoct, invent, fabricate, make up

Phrasal verbs

spin something off

(Of a parent company) turn a subsidiary into a new and separate company.
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  • The companies began as subsidiaries of Cabletron, with the plan to eventually spin them off as separate public companies.
  • If the dismal finances persist, some carriers may try to unlock the value of their miles programs by spinning them off as separate publicly traded companies.
  • The bankers told us it was a fantastic opportunity to create a separate entity, spin it off, and make lots of money.

spin out

North American (Of a driver or car) lose control, especially in a skid.
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  • The shells ricochet off for a while, then hit home as the Kratch ship loses a wing and spins out of control.
  • Lauda's Ferrari spun out of control and hit the Armco barrier on the inside of one of the circuit's many corners.
  • Brakes screech, tires skid, and cars seem to spin out of control.

spin something out

Make something last as long as possible: they seem keen to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions
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  • The political calculation may be to spin things out as long as possible in order to obtain the release of hostages in batches or to negotiate.
  • It is not to spin the crisis out as long as possible in the hope that it becomes a damaging election issue.
  • They were simply spinning things out, partly to prolong his agony.
Synonyms
Spend or occupy time aimlessly or without profit: Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon
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  • I sometimes feel I screwed up my entire life, and the past 8 or 10 years have just been spinning it out further and further so that now it's unsalvageable.

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