Definition of spin in English:



  • 1Turn or cause to turn or whirl round quickly.

    no object ‘the girl spun round in alarm’
    ‘the rear wheels spun violently’
    with object ‘he fiddled with the radio, spinning the dial’
    • ‘The woman quickly spun around and pulled out a short sword.’
    • ‘He shoved her away from him and spun around quickly in agitation, running a hand roughly through his hair.’
    • ‘She jumped and spun around quickly, breaking away from the grasp.’
    • ‘Kaya quickly spun around and into the trees behind her, the only trees left on the Planet.’
    • ‘Quickly she spun around, and there was the other arm coming right at her.’
    • ‘Quickly standing, she spun around and stared into the eyes of the captain.’
    • ‘Pandora spun round quickly and came eye to eye with Alexei who was smiling down at her.’
    • ‘Todd went back to his homework, but spun around quickly, remembering something.’
    • ‘Patrick felt his face started heating up and quickly spun around.’
    • ‘Tanya spun round, her chair falling with a clatter.’
    • ‘Realising his mother was trying to get his attention, Morgan quickly spun around.’
    • ‘It braced itself quickly, spun around, and bit Clayton square in the throat.’
    • ‘They quickly spun around and slashed the tree bark.’
    • ‘He spun around quickly in his chair and then cleared his throat.’
    • ‘I felt the prickling at my neck again and I quickly spun around.’
    • ‘I spun around quickly, hiding the piece of paper behind my back.’
    • ‘I spun around quickly to see a man with light grey eyes staring at me.’
    • ‘Nichole spun around quickly to see her brother Dorian behind her.’
    • ‘He spun round quickly so that he was almost facing her, and spoke in an urgent tone.’
    • ‘Once he'd spun round to look at her, he relaxed and smiled.’
    revolve, rotate, turn, turn round, go round, whirl, gyrate, circle
    whirl, wheel, twirl, turn, swing, twist, swivel, pirouette, pivot, swirl
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    1. 1.1no object (of a person's head) give a sensation of dizziness.
      ‘the figures were enough to make her head spin’
      • ‘William's head spun with shock and remorse as he read the words ‘my boyfriend’.’
      • ‘My head is spinning with ideas and plans for my business venture.’
      • ‘Her head was spinning and it wasn't from any of the alcohol she had consumed earlier.’
      • ‘Contrast me with a woman I know, a black single parent in her 40s, who is currently being harried by the government until her head is spinning.’
      • ‘My head was spinning and I took a step closer to him.’
      • ‘Perhaps you can sense this or perhaps you can't, but my head is still spinning from this album.’
      • ‘Her head spun and her vision blurred from the effort but through the confusion she could see a faint light spread out from her hand and wash over her body.’
      • ‘My head spun in so many directions I thought I would faint.’
      • ‘My head is spinning, and I feel a huge sense of responsibility for my colleagues.’
      • ‘The smell of fish sauce sent my head spinning so I was trying to find Italian food instead in Bangkok.’
      • ‘Her head spun and she steadied herself on the bed.’
      • ‘I had no idea he was going to introduce me, and my head spun.’
      • ‘My head is spinning from trying to keep up with all the changing tales!’
      • ‘She tried to get up but it was too hard, her head spun and the dizziness overcame her.’
      • ‘We left him there, his head still spinning with thoughts of Minnie, and her delightful, exuberant girlishness.’
      • ‘My head was spinning from all the whisky and I fell onto a chair.’
      • ‘As I stumble towards the bathroom, my head is spinning, and not just with worried thoughts of what it is that I got up to last night.’
      • ‘My head was spinning and when my name was called out I nearly fell through the floor.’
      • ‘My head is spinning and I'm badly bruised and shaken.’
      • ‘I must say my head is spinning as I contemplate these troublesome questions.’
      reel, go round, whirl, be in a whirl, swim, be giddy, be dizzy
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    2. 1.2with object Toss (a coin).
      • ‘This slight bias pales when compared with that of spinning a coin on its edge.’
      • ‘Though if anyone ever tries to do a coin-flip by spinning the coin on its edge on a table, watch out.’
      • ‘On the other hand, spinning pennies tend to land tails more often than heads!’
      • ‘This involves our each, independently, spinning a coin and driving on the left if it comes up heads and on the right if it comes up tails: another recipe for disaster.’
      • ‘Then they spin coins in a cafe and generally hang out together, becoming friends.’
      • ‘Another way is to spin the pennies counter-clockwise into the nickel slot.’
      • ‘Today it was again like spinning a coin, and this time we lost.’
    3. 1.3Cricket (with reference to a ball) move or cause to move through the air with a revolving motion.
      no object ‘the ball spun in viciously’
      with object ‘they had to spin the ball wide’
      • ‘A small globe, covered with lines, solidified into a blue, green, and white ball, spinning in blackness.’
      • ‘The ball spun to Henry, who was brought down by Oakes.’
      • ‘Lock Lee Evans scored the try of the match from a line-out 15 metres out when he caught the ball cleanly spun to his left and with good back-up surged through for the line.’
      • ‘This means that the ball spins less, so the combination of being further away and hitting it easier meant that it was almost impossible for him to spin it back off the green.’
      • ‘Others, shaping to play defensively, were beaten by turn and Steve Kirby was disconcerted by a ball that spun the other way.’
      • ‘This had the effect of galvanising the visitors, with the ball spinning confidently down the line, pinning the home side briefly back against their line.’
      • ‘The Slieve Bloom keeper could only parry the ball and watch it spin into the top corner of the net.’
      • ‘Scotland's riposte was to gamely attempt to spin the ball wide, with Hinshelwood appearing twice in the line.’
      • ‘At least ‘Kim’ could get the ball spinning the right way and land it within 10 or 20 metres of a teammate.’
      • ‘The keeper was also behind the second attempt, but somehow the ball spun away from him and over the line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Winger John Ladell scored the first of his two tries after a galloping run from second-row Dave Preston set Kendal up to spin the ball wide.’
      • ‘Over the past few years, we have made a habit of winning on tailor-made pitches at home, where the ball spins viciously from day one.’
      • ‘The ball spun away from him and Ormerod beat Kelly to tuck it inside the left hand post.’
      • ‘Uni scored first from a backline piece coming after a scrum about 20m out, with the ball spinning wide to winger Johnson Porykali.’
      • ‘The ball spun for the Ecuadorean and he banged in a fierce shot which the goalkeeper could only palm away.’
      • ‘A glitter ball spins around in the rack room, throwing dots of white light into the studios and production area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ball spun viciously, and forced a great touch from the keeper.’
      • ‘From the resulting corner the same player powered in a header, but Steels keeper Richard Siddall half-blocked it and clawed the ball clear as it spun netwards.’
      go round, turn round, rotate, whirl, pirouette, wheel
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    4. 1.4with object Spin-dry (clothes).
    5. 1.5with object Play (a record)
      ‘a disc jockey spins hits from the sixties’
      • ‘Saying Goodbye is a romantic, love-infused song with elements of a DJ spinning a record.’
      • ‘After being dropped in a club to give people a taste of what to expect, it has been spun on decks uncontrollably ever since.’
      • ‘Killa-Jewel, representing the aural side of Under Pressure, got introduced to the world of record spinning just five years ago.’
      • ‘They drink wódka, not vodka, and spin records for disco misfits.’
      • ‘I just don't have the time to spin records and I don't like to listen to music while I am driving.’
      • ‘Its got an outdoor bit where you can hire a rug and be served over priced beer by beautiful babies whilst a resident DJ spins the records and rocks the garden.’
      • ‘Does the flame of inspiration flicker consistently, and if it does, does it resonate as interesting every time the album is spun?’
      • ‘Though the DJ is the artist of the dance music community, it is also a commonly echoed critique that they just spin someone else's records - why the hype?’
      • ‘Faust spins records three nights a week, and the only night he can free up is a Thursday.’
      • ‘Annie Gaffney will spin the entire record for you this Sunday evening June 6, after the news at nine.’
      • ‘There was certainly no lack of energy, but with everyone and their dog spinning records these days, it was nothing to write home about.’
      • ‘Dizzy is spinning his last few records of the night.’
      • ‘I think he was abducted by a cult that worship the demi-god Baal and forced to spin records at their parties and compose chants and songs which praised this demonic entity.’
      • ‘Just in time for the Anzac weekend, the General will be displaying his turntable prowess and lyrical powers as he spins the latest dancehall hits from Jamaica.’
      • ‘There is a bar, Chinese lanterns, and a hired disc jockey spinning popular records.’
      • ‘Nothing seems difficult about throwing on a record and spinning it around.’
      • ‘Playing the part of DJ Kittens, he spins his record collection at Hot Lava this Thursday upstairs at the Khyber.’
      • ‘Brooks had focused on one line from the chorus and felt the song would be stronger with the song centered on the lonely man spinning the records late at night.’
      • ‘It still is and always will be a music of resistance, creativity and struggle, so we decided to get Kani, J.D. and Ms. B to spin records over the course of the evening.’
      • ‘The DJs here are those that you encounter in the club scene, and not the guy you hire to spin a couple of records at your wedding.’
    6. 1.6with object Shape (sheet metal) by pressure applied during rotation on a lathe.
      ‘spun metal components’
      • ‘First the brass plates were spun on a lathe over a wooden mold to create the font.’
  • 2with object Draw out and twist (the fibres of wool, cotton, or other material) to convert them into yarn, either by hand or with machinery.

    ‘they spin wool into the yarn for weaving’
    • ‘Craftspeople spin cotton fabrics and weave strips of cloth that are sewn together to make durable garments.’
    • ‘Women sit spinning wool in front of the mud-brick church.’
    • ‘At first it had seemed such a good idea, to sit at the spinning wheel and spin the soft cream wool of her Jacob's sheep into fine woollen thread.’
    • ‘Aunt Betty often offered to spin neighbours' wool for them as a source of extra income.’
    • ‘The plan now is to get hold of some fleece or other spinnable fibre, infuse it with power from various herbs and additives, spin it into yarn using my magic spindle, then weave it into magical cloth.’
    • ‘In summer, in the shady regions by the Indus and in Nubra, wool is spun and winter blankets are woven.’
    • ‘In these interior images, figures read aloud, spin wool, and converse with one another.’
    • ‘Custom Woolen Mills continues to process and spin wool much the same way it was done in the late 1800s.’
    • ‘These fibres would then be spun in the same way as flax or wool.’
    • ‘Visitors were also able to learn how to light fires and comb and spin wool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The textile workshop spins local wool and uses natural dyes to produce an array of knitted, crocheted, and woven items.’
    • ‘In 1767, James Hargreaves, a Oswaldtwistle weaver, put East Lancashire on the map when he invented the Spinning Jenny, which was also used to spin wool.’
    • ‘Women throughout the Andes can be seen spinning wool almost all day, even while sitting at the market or waiting for a bus.’
    • ‘Carding and spinning wool is fun, and the students used the results in many projects.’
    • ‘Typically, American stocking factories spun their own wool into yarn or thread.’
    • ‘The cleaned and carded wool would then be spun by spinsters.’
    • ‘The animals are renowned for their fibre; the fleece they produce can be spun into expensive wool.’
    • ‘In another building, not far from where the sewing is taking place, cotton is spun into yarn and turned into a material.’
    • ‘Although we think of nylon as a material that is spun into fibers, the plastic has other uses as well.’
    1. 2.1 Make (threads) by drawing out and twisting fibres of wool, cotton, or other material.
      ‘this method is used to spin filaments from syrups’
      • ‘Yet, not even the largest hosiery mills of England spun their own thread.’
      • ‘They are spun or twined in many ways to be used to tie a parcel, to tow or pull something, and to tie a ship to a dock.’
      • ‘Exceptionally soft bicomponent yarn is being spun with a new tandem spinning system.’
      • ‘Call me lazy, but I don't really want to grow my own cotton, spin my own thread, weave my own cloth, and sew a shirt out of it.’
      • ‘Our ancestors may have spun string long before our earliest record of it.’
      • ‘Most early weavers spun their own yarn and made their own dyes.’
      • ‘It's a mystery that ultimately is revealed as Cornelia spins her yarn for the man she has chosen to share her secret.’
      • ‘Woven into the cloth and fur are spun golden threads, the whole accursedly heavy piece of clothing made durable with the help of a little magic.’
      • ‘About fifty young women and girls were bent over their sewing or spinning large quantities of thread.’
      • ‘She was on a production line that spins cotton thread onto the spools.’
      • ‘The stalks of wheat could be spun and braided into many useful things.’
      • ‘There was a guy in there showing a girl how to spin yarn using a spindle.’
      • ‘She picked up the distaff and idly worked on spinning the threads once again, as if tartly trying to find an excuse not to look at him.’
      • ‘Right-minded people will be envisaging finely spun threads of silver, woven together to form a delicate cord.’
      • ‘These strong, thick ropes are spun using hundreds and even thousands of steel wires.’
      • ‘They're spun of wool from free-range vegetarian Llamas.’
      • ‘He was told to spin jute yarn by a hand rotating machine, because of which his palms were blistered and, at times, bleeding.’
      • ‘Edward had been very impressed at how quickly she could spin such an even thread.’
      • ‘He went inside and came across a beautiful woman spinning golden thread.’
      • ‘In Bulgarian ‘stretching the delight’ means to spin the yarn and to ‘have a glass of cold water’ means to be lied to.’
    2. 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.
      • ‘I saw a spider's web and an insect larva beginning to spin a cocoon.’
      • ‘Unlike insects, spiders spin silks throughout their lives.’
      • ‘It cannot encounter them at all unless it transcends them to a world and then returns from it to particular entities, as a spider spins a web and encounters flies within it.’
      • ‘The far end of the manor was covered in ivy, as if a spider had spun its green web onto it.’
      • ‘For centuries, there would be nothing to look at, except the spiders spinning their webs.’
      • ‘The weavers return to the jungle early the next day to witness the large yellow and black spider spin her web.’
      • ‘Of the more than 37,000 species of spiders, all of them can make silk, but only about half use the silk to spin webs.’
      • ‘After being encased in a cocoon spun by a spider, the spider pounces on Link.’
      • ‘Then, both worker and queen larvae spin cocoons and pupate (undergo several changes to emerge as adult bees).’
      • ‘The process works somewhat like a spider spinning a web.’
      • ‘As larvae feed, they spin silken threads, trapping the dying florets and their frass, giving the sunflower head a trashy appearance.’
      • ‘After he ducked into a cave, a spider spun a web over the cave opening with such speed that his pursuers were sure that David could not be hiding within.’
      • ‘On my girlfriend's front door I noticed a tiny spider spinning a web.’
      • ‘He jumped down, knife in hand, going down into the crater like a spider spinning a web.’
      • ‘After all, shouldn't we know how spiders spin their webs in zero gravity?’
      • ‘It was occupied by a large spider spinning a complex web across it.’
      • ‘Such meals exact a price, however: after chowing down on toxic aphids, spiders spin asymmetrical webs.’
      • ‘On the page, there were several spiders spinning a web that said ‘Insanity’.’
      • ‘A spider's web was spun on his neck and on his right arm was a small blue swastika and an encircled A for anarchy.’
  • 3with object Give (a news story) a particular emphasis or bias.

    ‘ministers may now find it difficult to use the programme to spin stories in their favour’
    • ‘However, it's still a bit surprising today to see Eolas trying to spin yesterday's story as good news for them.’
    • ‘One early tactic was to spin the story as a business failure rather than a political scandal.’
    • ‘Public relations firms spun stories to show why big oil companies were not at all to blame.’
    • ‘Now that the ‘Kodee Kennings’ letters to her father have been revealed as fakes, how does the AP spin the story?’
    • ‘Plus you've got the Forth Estate firmly in the pocket of the Executive Branch, which means you never know just how this story will be spun to the voting public.’
    • ‘Because no one would be physically present at the event, waving banners or singing songs, the company/media/government could spin the story however they liked.’
    • ‘Of course, the reporter spun the story that way to make it seem like Mr. Bush is a fanatic under the spell of religious zealots.’
    • ‘He and his team have sought out politically friendly journalists to spin the story in the media in the direction that makes him most comfortable.’
    • ‘As an informed American, I think you would be alarmed at the way stories are spun or banned outright from the American people.’
    • ‘They spin the story from an African American perspective, making us the center, not the periphery of the story.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, the story is much more complex than the headline suggests and provides yet another example of the story being spun to meet a commercial agenda.’
    • ‘You would have to be fairly frightened to spin the story of those young people's deaths so that the cause was a law that protects a living creature.’
    • ‘The alternative Houston weekly that broke the story spun the tale as one of Olafson using his blog to rat on local politicians.’
    • ‘This time, they try to spin the story as a ‘legal way to download music.’’
    • ‘They could spin stories with gentle liberal bias, and only a few eyes would roll.’
    • ‘Old Bolshies will spin this story to defend Lenin and Communism.’
  • 4no object Fish with a spinner.

    ‘they were spinning for salmon in the lake’
    • ‘Always vary your retrieve, just as though you were spinning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the fish were caught spinning and worming but a number were taken on bubble and fly towards the end of the week.’
    • ‘When spinning, plug or bait fishing the weight of the lure or bait will take the line out.’
    • ‘Another way to fish for mackerel is to spin with lures or sandeels.’
    • ‘Over the next few weeks I sussed out the tide timetable and went down to the creek for a few hours spinning on a regular basis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eddie Murphy from Carlow rounded off the day with a 10 lb fish taken on while spinning.’
    • ‘Well, you can spin for them and that's great fun.’
    • ‘The best fishing is by boat (hire included in the package price) with spinning or trolling both successful.’
    • ‘In addition, there were quite a few between 3 and 5 lb caught, mostly all to spinning and worm fishing.’
    • ‘It would be ideal for those days when I take a beginner fly fishing or spinning.’
    • ‘I had swapped rods with Sarah and she was spinning with the 40 lb line as that rod set up was lighter for spinning.’
    • ‘Barbless hooks are used for the fly-fishing and only one triple-hook or three single hooks are allowed for spinning.’
    • ‘You can spin for the Arctic char but it's a travesty if you do so.’
    • ‘James Donnelly had his first ever salmon while spinning.’
    • ‘The 10 Hexagraph Multispin is rated as a salmon spinning rod.’
    • ‘You can spin / plug, cast baits from a beach, floatfish, bottom-fish and and even troll from a boat for fish up to 100 lb or so with it.’
    • ‘Trolling with artificial baits, the use of dead or live baits, spinning and float fishing were the types of fishing in the Gulf.’
    • ‘That's the moment to be there, at the junctions, spinning in the clearing water.’


  • 1A rapid turning or whirling motion.

    ‘he concluded the dance with a double spin’
    • ‘And even if I come off wrong, I still have to go through the motions of the spin, but I know that I'm going to fall.’
    • ‘I kept on skating ahead of him, gathering more and more momentum and doing a complex combination of twirls, spins, and turns.’
    • ‘It took me five weeks of intensive training to learn 10 cabaret dance numbers, double spins on two-inch heels, but I got it in the end.’
    • ‘Starting with the German Wheel act, Canadian Shayne Courtright deftly balanced himself in his spins, turns, twists of a wheel without losing ground.’
    • ‘I flew across the ice doing various jumps, spins, and dance steps.’
    • ‘Tiffani and John do theirs, and we progress through all the jumps and spins.’
    • ‘In skating, this pre-stretching of the muscles is used in jumps, spins and turns.’
    • ‘It was a simple spin to turn his back toward the assassin.’
    • ‘Riders are judged on tricks which include spins, loops and jumps - as high as 50 ft off the water.’
    • ‘We should see lots of winding hip movements, turns and plenty of spins.’
    • ‘He paced around the baseline, trying different spins and strokes as if running some sort of advanced testing programme.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This affects the action of the blades in spins and jumps.’
    • ‘Sans its right engine, the skimmer shot hard to the right, and the rider swerved left to avoid it as it whirled in a sickening spin and crashed to the ground.’
    • ‘In the free skating discipline, a skater performs jumps, spins, and free skating movements.’
    • ‘I took a bit more time to fool around flying the chute, doing turns and spins, and also having a better look around.’
    • ‘Two weeks prior to this accident I carried out a maintenance test flight on a military trainer that included several multi turn full spins and recoveries.’
    • ‘As a fired bullet travels through the barrel, the grooves guide the bullet and give it a rapid spin.’
    • ‘Mr. Callaghan has taught me how important spins and connecting steps are in addition to high quality jumps in a program.’
    • ‘Finally, the word went out to the judges that well executed spins should be properly rewarded.’
    rotation, revolution, turn, whirl, twirl, gyration
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    1. 1.1mass noun Revolving motion imparted to a ball in a game, especially cricket, tennis, or snooker.
      ‘this racket enables the player to impart more spin to the ball’
      • ‘So just as a leg spinner imparts spin through the wrist action so does Muralitharan.’
      • ‘And what that does is that again adds greater spin to the 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.’
      • ‘It might, except that the heavy right spin placed on the cue ball imparts a small amount of left spin to the object ball.’
      • ‘Some rotation of the wrist may be required in order to impart a slight carrying spin to get it into the basket.’
      • ‘He also showed tighter spin on his breaking ball.’
      • ‘Though someone like Kumble might be a glorious exception, spinners need to flight the ball to achieve spin, unless they are bowling on a vicious turner.’
      • ‘Muralitharan's injured left shoulder is recovering by the day and, according to Whatmore, he is imparting as much spin as ever.’
      • ‘The difficulty of landing the power meter within the sweet spot AND putting spin on the ball is nice, but it can be difficult.’
      • ‘This gives him momentum and sets him up for the moment of delivery, when his unusually supple wrists impart prodigious spin to the ball.’
      • ‘The scientists hope the findings will be used to fine-tune the aerodynamics of soccer balls and to design boots that impart spin to the ball more effectively.’
      • ‘The physics of this action will impart right to-left spin on the ball and produce a soft draw.’
      • ‘This spin on the ball causes it to travel in a straighter line.’
      • ‘If we made a change to the ball's spin rate, for example, that would give some players an advantage over others.’
      • ‘The rifled portion of the tube imparts spin to the projectile increasing stability in flight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because the ground ball's spin caused it to move away from Tejada, he dived after it.’
      • ‘They put on a demonstration match for pupils at each school, showing some of the techniques, such as ball spin, involved in playing table tennis.’
      • ‘The clubface will be closing when it contacts the ball, imparting right-to-left spin.’
      • ‘There is a persisting myth in Indian cricket that spin is more important than pace.’
    2. 1.2usually 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’
      • ‘Controls were also reported to be heavy when flying at high speeds, or at the beginning of a spin or snap roll.’
      • ‘The aircraft then assumed a slightly nose high attitude, snap rolled, and entered a spin before disappearing from sight.’
      • ‘The Texan then entered a spin, descended rapidly and collided with the ground.’
      • ‘The spin was recoverable but a great deal of altitude was lost in the recovery process and the Allies would later prey upon this weakness.’
      • ‘Our instructor took each of us up to demonstrate how to pull out of a spin.’
      • ‘An airplane in a spin does not gain airspeed and its rate of descent is relatively slow.’
      • ‘The pilots were shot and killed instantly and had slumped over the controls, sending the plane into a spin.’
      • ‘He thought the aircraft was going almost straight down during the spin.’
      • ‘I had a great time for myself, doing all the stunts and get into some funny positions and finally when trying to do two rolls at the top of a loop, the plane went into an outside spin.’
      • ‘When the pilot attempted to fly in a vertical direction to create a stall, the aircraft was forced into a spin.’
      • ‘I continued to climb but saw the turn indicator go hard right and the altimeter unwinding - ingredients for an involuntary spin.’
      • ‘The strange characteristic about an inverted spin, according to one pilot, is that yaw is opposite to roll and can be quite disorienting.’
      • ‘The airplane spin is one of Bryan Danielson's most devastating moves.’
      • ‘One of my classmates and his instructor could not get the plane out of a spin during practice and both bailed out.’
      • ‘His brother was an airplane pilot, and one day he was out solo, got into a spin, apparently couldn't recover, and went in with the airplane.’
      • ‘Somehow, he managed to come out of the spin and slow his speed to from hypersonic to subsonic.’
      • ‘A couple of minutes before landing, the helicopter goes into a spin, and the ground seems to be coming up pretty fast.’
    3. 1.3trademark
      ‘an hour-long spin class’
      short for spinning
      ‘spin can be tough but it's the best cardio/muscle workout’
      • ‘I'm going to take a few spin classes per week, and maybe do some more yoga.’
      • ‘There will be two new aerobic studios including a spin studio and a cardio theatre entertainment system.’
      • ‘Joining a class such as Yoga, Pilates, or Spin should guarantee you a proper insight into how your body works.’
      • ‘After the market closes, he unwinds by working as a spin instructor instructor at a few health clubs around town.’
      • ‘This week also saw Kevin participate in his first spin class, which gave him a good cardio vascular workout.’
    4. 1.4Physics The intrinsic angular momentum of a subatomic particle.
      • ‘Electron spins are easier to detect than nuclear spins because an electron's magnetic moment is 658 times stronger than a proton's.’
      • ‘So it not only gives you a consistent description, but it does so in a way that inevitably points out that the electron must have a spin and a magnetic moment.’
      • ‘Both the spin and orbital angular momentum of a beam can always be calculated from the transverse components of linear momentum.’
      • ‘This symmetry relates to the spin angular momentum of fundamental particles.’
      • ‘But any particle with integer intrinsic spin angular momentum is a boson.’
  • 2informal in singular A brief trip in a vehicle for pleasure.

    ‘a spin around town’
    • ‘Keep in mind that most offices require boat renters to attend training before they're allowed to take the boat out for a spin.’
    • ‘I'll gladly swap my Teacup ride for a spin on the Waltzer, but I'll keep my Teacup repeat rider ticket in my wallet, just in case.’
    • ‘This Saturday, take a spin through the eight tour venues and see how it's being done.’
    • ‘Plus there were the ones used as Green Line coaches, and I took a spin on a very comfortable one which was offering free rides up to Seven Sisters and back.’
    • ‘A day at Dublin Zoo, a trip to Mount Usher and even a spin on the new Luas and around the rejuvenated city centre was most enjoyable for all.’
    • ‘But, from the gently used lot, there is no chance you'd plop down your thousands for a ride you hadn't taken for a spin.’
    • ‘He makes trouble for Mathieu, even ‘borrowing’ his Volvo for a spin through town.’
    • ‘I can see how hard it would be for him to resist the temptation to take a little spin, and he must have thought he could drive it, because he's taking driving lessons.’
    • ‘The trip offers a local spin, like libations at a logger bar and a shuttle back to Schweitzer in county school buses.’
    • ‘Today, you can not only take a virtual spin in an Express LT - you can also drive the real thing.’
    • ‘In this game, you get to strap into a NASCAR ride and take it for a spin against 24 other drivers.’
    • ‘She also managed to go for a spin in an Army armoured vehicle, having wandered over to a tank-washing installation to see if she could have her picture taken sitting on one of the machines.’
    • ‘We continued our driving tour with a little spin through downtown and up Yonge Street before we turned east on Bloor Street.’
    • ‘Unable to wait, though, we got some golfers to take MobiGolf round Turnberry for a test spin.’
    • ‘Look out for the MF03 Mini sponsored by Williams, taking a spin through the town with our models.’
    • ‘We took the DA - 9000 for a long spin and found it to be a less than smooth ride.’
    • ‘PAUL KIRKWOOD takes a spin through the Sherwood Pines after his first choice of ride went pop…’
    trip, jaunt, outing, excursion, short journey, expedition, sally
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  • 3in singular The presentation of information in a particular way; a slant, especially a favourable one.

    ‘he tried to put a positive spin on the president's campaign’
    mass noun ‘he was sick and tired of the Government's control freakery and spin’
    • ‘Much of the source material was from economic development agencies and while they may have presented a positive spin about its plans, each region was tested in the same way.’
    • ‘Overall, Karaoke Revolution is a creative spin on the rhythm genre.’
    • ‘But if they are of the mind to, they can read it with a positive spin.’
    • ‘I can understand your role in putting a positive spin on what Government is doing in fighting crime, but why is it we are not seeing the tangible results of these moves on the ground?’
    • ‘He was inclined to put the best spin on any socialist initiative.’
    • ‘National Geographic magazine has only presented the positive spin about the dating methods.’
    • ‘Not to put too fine a point on it, this is the positive spin to which the nation is entitled to cling, for the moment at least, with Scotland lying third in a bunched-up table.’
    • ‘Children in rural Cambodia put a new spin on information technology and bikers get in on the act too.’
    • ‘Despite efforts to put a positive spin on the outcome, the only concrete decision was that negotiations would continue.’
    • ‘This leaves room for some to develop a meritocratic spin on the capitalist system.’
    • ‘And if, for once, their clubs don't do the talking, rest assured they will still put a favourable spin on things when they enter the media arena.’
    • ‘The Conference of Mayors made a somewhat bizarre attempt to put a positive spin on the survey's findings.’
    • ‘So ultimately, there is a positive spin to this news item.’
    • ‘I suppose if we put a positive spin on things, if the 3.73 was outperformed by the 3.46, we'd have some real problems.’
    • ‘Why were the results from these studies presented with such a positive spin on tight blood glucose control when the results seem to show a benefit of metformin over sulphonylureas and insulin?’
    • ‘Although some may protest about ‘sexing up’ poor performance data, ‘creative accounting’ adds a positive spin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the field were a mass of tables and charts and diagrams, explanations of things people had done in years past, trying to put a new spin on old information.’
    • ‘Caught between two rebellions, one inside and one outside the conference centre, officials sought to put a positive spin on the events.’
    slant, angle, twist, bias
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  • 4NZ Australian informal with adjective, in singular A piece of good or bad luck.

    ‘Kevin had had a rough spin’
    • ‘If we say that voting 51 percent makes something right, then I think we in this country are in for a rather rough old spin.’
    • ‘I want to say right upfront that I think I have had an incredibly rough spin from the Chair today.’
    • ‘Had a letter from Georgie today & she's had a rotten spin for two months - no doubt you've heard all about it by now.’


  • spin one's wheels

    • informal Waste one's time or efforts.

      • ‘So for at least five of the last eight years, I was just spinning my wheels.’
      • ‘‘There's no point spinning your wheels with a light rail program that will never pass in Vancouver,’ she said.’
      • ‘You're probably right about us spinning our wheels, so I'll move on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘In a start-up environment, you're spinning your wheels if you only meet once or twice a month,’ says Meyer, 34.’
      • ‘This girl is going places - she's one precision driver who won't be spinning her wheels.’
      • ‘But let's not spin our wheels with the siren song of cool-sounding phrases and poorly thought out arguments.’
      • ‘Since one of the main benefits of weightlifting is to increase bone strength and density, you're simply spinning your wheels in the gym if you're chronically low on calcium.’
      • ‘I'm just spinning my wheels, getting ready to turn 30.’
  • spin a yarn

    • Tell a long, far-fetched story.

      • ‘THIS IS probably one place where spinning a yarn is not something that will be frowned upon.’
      • ‘Shanley spins a yarn powerful enough to draw old-fashioned gasps from the audience.’
      • ‘He condemns all of the guests initially, disgusted by their attitudes towards him, but finds fun in spinning a yarn about how he has just robbed next door when he is accepted as a guest.’
      • ‘Barrie Rutter's direction is plain but satisfying and his production intimate and robust, never losing sight of the fact that it is spinning 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.’
      • ‘Putting his brother's affair with Testyr out of his mind, Unadel listened with fondness to Thraen spinning a yarn about hunting bears in these parts, armed with nothing but a trusty old sling.’
      • ‘The Oscar-nominated Perlman, who's worked extensively in children's TV, manages to spin a yarn about bullying that's both entertaining and thoughtful.’
      • ‘Pa, for his part, noticed that I was drinking non-alcoholic Beck's and started spinning a yarn about this other new non-alc beer called Posh.’
      • ‘Ryan has an eye for detail and a knack for spinning a yarn from many loose threads, and these talents make the book highly readable.’
      • ‘When a local girl gets killed, they entertain themselves spinning a yarn around school about a serial killer who is preying on prep schools like their own.’
      • ‘I feel so let down I have been spun a yarn from start to finish.’
      • ‘Clearly Harris would not have devoted all her considerable energies into spinning a yarn if she did not have something to say as well.’
      • ‘The art of spinning a yarn has been part of Australian outback culture since the first Irishman strode into the desert and lived to tell about it.’
      • ‘He would also like to see it used during TV interviews with politicians, so audiences could tell whether they were being spun a yarn.’
      • ‘But he still had appeal, and could still spin a yarn.’
      • ‘Over ten years, I have developed the knack of looking as if I believe every word I'm being told yet knowing when I'm being spun a yarn!’
      • ‘Clancy takes an historical event - the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II - and spins a yarn around how the KGB tried to do it, and how his heroes in the CIA and MI6 tried to prevent it.’
      • ‘He tells his crew not to spin a yarn when making requests, but to realize that financial managers understand facilities are important.’
      • ‘Curtis spins a yarn that is ultimately hopeful, even heroic.’
      tell, recount, relate, narrate, unfold, weave
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Phrasal Verbs

  • spin something off

    • (of a parent company) turn a subsidiary into a new and separate company.

      ‘the corporation announced plans to spin off its computer systems arm’
      • ‘And he's hinted that he'd like to combine all his satellite assets into one unit and spin it off publicly.’
      • ‘The bankers told us it was a fantastic opportunity to create a separate entity, spin it off, and make lots of money.’
      • ‘The company could sell the unit or go ahead with its original plan of spinning it off as a separate entity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Selling it or spinning it off would also raise needed cash.’
      • ‘Eventually, it was spun off into a separate corporate entity with the mandate to dominate the Canadian market in the refinancing, rebuilding and running of aging public municipal infrastructure.’
      • ‘Profits have rocketed since the company started buying assets around the world and spinning them off into separately listed trusts which, so far, have gone on to outperform the wider markets.’
      • ‘Well, many companies in the service industry support manufacturers and in some cases have been spun off from them.’
      • ‘The companies began as subsidiaries of Cabletron, with the plan to eventually spin them off as separate public companies.’
      • ‘But the new parent grew wary of its subsidiary's risky hazardous waste work and sought to spin it off five years later.’
  • spin out

    • (of a driver or car) lose control, especially in a skid.

      ‘he oversteered on the correction, then lost it entirely and spun out’
      • ‘His rear wheels skidded and the car began to spin out of control, flying across the track and into the path of another driver.’
      • ‘In a split second, his wheel had hit against the ground and he spun out of control.’
      • ‘Adam loses control of the steering wheel and begins to spin out of control just as Alex and Megan come into sight.’
      • ‘Ryan jerked the wheel of the Mustang to the left but with the road being icy and the jerk, the Mustang spun out of control.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some guy in the lane next to them spun out of control and hit them on the passenger side.’
      • ‘Brakes screech, tires skid, and cars seem to spin out of control.’
      • ‘Under the aegis of professional Swedish ice rally drivers, we spent much time gleefully spinning out of control into the deeper snow at the edge of the course.’
      • ‘Their van, Big Blue, slid into the side of one truck and sent them spinning out of control, slamming them into the other truck.’
  • spin something out

    • 1Make something last as long as possible.

      ‘they tried to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions’
      • ‘They were simply spinning things out, partly to prolong his agony.’
      • ‘I'm pretty sure they'll manage to spin the series out, E Randy.’
      • ‘Myers and the other screenwriters took the slim material and spun it out to feature length without falling into the pitfalls that snared other SNL-based productions.’
      • ‘It is not to spin the crisis out as long as possible in the hope that it becomes a damaging election issue.’
      • ‘‘I'm sure the fact I was providing security for her was part of it, but it wasn't just about the money, otherwise she could have spun things out longer,’ Thomson said.’
      • ‘I would have thought it could sensibly be done in half an hour, but the courts who decide these confusing name cases seem to be able to spin them out for months.’
      • ‘I wonder if I can spin that horse thing out to 300 words?’
      • ‘Franchised dealers normally use manuals giving a set labour time for each job, so they can't spin a job out to rack up their fees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the police ask us to move we move, but we will argue, spin things out a bit until someone talks to us.’
      • ‘Dibnah became famous in 1978 after a projected 20-minute film about the life of a steeplejack was spun out for 19 weeks.’
      • ‘He certainly showed more class than his odious litigation-loving vice-presidential sidekick who seemed determined to spin the matter out forever.’
      prolong, protract, draw out, stretch out, drag out, string out, extend, extend the duration of, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continue
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      1. 1.1Spend or occupy time aimlessly.
        ‘Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon’
        • ‘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.’
    • 2Cricket
      Dismiss a batsman or side by spin bowling.

      ‘by the time he retired, he had spun out 445 batsmen’
      • ‘‘What are you laughing at,’ whispered Todd as he spun me out.’
      • ‘Gloucestershire completed a 130-run win over Bangladesh A after Malinga Bandara and Ian Fisher spun them out on the final afternoon.’
      • ‘‘I had to run up there and run into his door and let him know that I don't appreciate him spinning me out,’ says Edwards, who finished 24th.’
      • ‘If you give these guys an excuse to spin you out, they'll do it.’


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