Meaning of SPIN in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ spɪn ]

( spins, spinning, spun)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If something spins or if you spin it, it turns quickly around a central point.

The latest discs, used for small portable computers, spin 3600 times a minute...

He spun the wheel sharply and made a U turn in the middle of the road...

He spun his car round and went after them.

VERB : V , V n , V n round / around

Spin is also a noun.

This driving mode allows you to move off in third gear to reduce wheel-spin in icy conditions.



When you spin washing, it is turned round and round quickly in a spin drier or a washing machine to get the water out.

Just spin the washing and it’s nearly dry.

VERB : V n

Spin is also a noun.

Set on a cool wash and finish with a short spin.



If your head is spinning , you feel unsteady or confused, for example because you are drunk, ill, or excited.

My head was spinning from the wine...



If someone puts a certain spin on an event or situation, they interpret it and try to present it in a particular way. ( INFORMAL )

He interpreted the vote as support for the constitution and that is the spin his supporters are putting on the results today.

N-SING : with supp

see also spin doctor


In politics, spin is the way in which political parties try to present everything they do in a positive way to the public and the media.

The public is sick of spin and tired of promises. It’s time for politicians to act.



If you go for a spin or take a car for a spin , you make a short journey in a car just to enjoy yourself.

N-SING : a N


If someone spins a story, they give you an account of something that is untrue or only partly true.

He was surprised, and annoyed that she had spun a story which was too good to be condemned as a simple lie.

VERB : V n , also V n n


When people spin , they make thread by twisting together pieces of a fibre such as wool or cotton using a device or machine.

Michelle will also spin a customer’s wool fleece to specification at a cost of $2.25 an ounce.

VERB : V n

• spin‧ning

They do their own cooking, spinning, and woodworking.



In a game such as tennis or cricket, if you put spin on a ball, you deliberately make it spin rapidly when you hit it or throw it.


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