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Dictionary Definition

spin

Noun

1 a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
2 the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting" [syn: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl]
3 a short drive in a car; "he took the new car for a spin"
4 rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral [syn: tailspin]
5 a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"

Verb

1 revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy" [syn: spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate]
2 stream in jets, of liquids; "The creek spun its course through the woods"
3 cause to spin; "spin a coin" [syn: whirl, birl, twirl]
4 make up a story; "spin a yarn"
5 form a web by making a thread; "spiders spin a fine web"
6 work natural fibers into a thread; "spin silk"
7 twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrasing"
8 prolong or extend; "spin out a visit" [syn: spin out] [also: spun, spinning]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

spinnan

Pronunciation

  • /spɪn/, /spIn/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪn

Verb

  1. To turn around quickly.
  2. To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
    2006. In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end. — The Washington Post Editorial, The Politics of Science, Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A22 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/08/AR2006020801991.html.
  3. In the context of "cricket|of a bowler": To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
  4. In the context of "cricket|of a ball": To move sideways when bouncing.

Hypernyms

Translations

to turn around quickly
to present a bias
to make the ball move sideways
to move sideways when bouncing

Noun

  1. Circular motion.
  2. A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
  3. A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
  4. Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
  5. A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.

Translations

circular motion
  • Hungarian: pörgés, forgás
  • Japanese: 回転, スピン
physics: quantum angular momentum
  • Japanese: スピン
a favourable comment
cricket: rotation of a ball
a condition of flight
  • Japanese: きりもみ

See also

Adjective

  1. Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. spider

Romanian

Etymology

spina.

Noun

  1. thorn

Scots

Pronunciation

  • /spɪn/

Noun

  1. spoon

See also

Extensive Definition

Spin may refer to:
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In music:
In sports:
In computing:
spin in Czech: Spin
spin in German: Spin (Begriffsklärung)
spin in French: Spin (homonymie)
spin in Dutch: Spin
spin in Japanese: スピン
spin in Low German: Spin
spin in Polish: Spin
spin in Slovak: Spin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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