spin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (spin), [key]
— v., n. spun span, spun, spin•ning,
- to make (yarn) by drawing out, twisting, and winding fibers: Pioneer women spun yarn on spinning wheels.
- to form (the fibers of any material) into thread or yarn: The machine spins nylon thread.
- (of spiders, silkworms, etc.) to produce (a thread, cobweb, gossamer, silk, etc.) by extruding from the body a long, slender filament of a natural viscous matter that hardens in the air.
- to cause to turn around rapidly, as on an axis; twirl; whirl: to spin a coin on a table.
- to play (phonograph records): a job spinning records on a radio show.
- to shape (sheet metal) into a hollow, rounded form by pressure from a tool while rotating the metal on a lathe or wheel.
- to produce, fabricate, or evolve in a manner suggestive of spinning thread: to spin a tale of sailing ships and bygone days.
- to cause intentionally (a rocket or guided missile) to undergo a roll.
- to draw out, protract, or prolong (often fol. by out): He spun the project out for over three years.
- to flunk a student in an examination or a term's work.
- to cause to have a particular bias; influence in a certain direction: His assignment was to spin the reporters after the president's speech.
- to revolve or rotate rapidly, as the earth or a top.
- to produce a thread from the body, as spiders or silkworms.
- to produce yarn or thread by spinning.
- to move, go, run, ride, or travel rapidly.
- to have a sensation of whirling; reel: My head began to spin and I fainted.
- to fish with a spinning or revolving bait.
- After the acquisition, the company was required to spin off about a third of its assets.
- to create something new, as a company or assets, without detracting from or affecting the relative size or stability of the original:After the acquisition, the company was required to spin off about a third of its assets.
- to derive from or base on something done previously:They took the character of the maid and spun off another TV series.
- See(def. 17).
- (of an automobile) to undergo a spinout.
- the act of causing a spinning or whirling motion.
- a spinning motion given to a ball, wheel, axle, or other object.
- a downward movement or trend, esp. one that is sudden, alarming, etc.: Steel prices went into a spin.
- a rapid run, ride, drive, or the like, as for exercise or enjoyment: They went for a spin in the car.
- a particular viewpoint or bias, esp. in the media; slant: They tried to put a favorable spin on the news coverage of the controversial speech.
- Also calleda maneuver in which an airplane descends in a vertical direction along a helical path of large pitch and small radius at an angle of attack greater than the critical angle, dangerous when not done intentionally or under control.
- the act of intentionally causing a rocket or guided missile to undergo a roll.
- a roll so caused.
- the intrinsic angular momentum characterizing each kind of elementary particle, having one of the values 0, , 1, , … when measured in units of Planck's constant divided by 2&pgr;.
- a run of luck; fate.
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