Meaning of SPIN in English

I. ˈspin verb

( spun ˈspən ; spin·ning )

Etymology: Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan; akin to Old High German spinnan to spin and perhaps to Lithuanian spęsti to set (a trap)

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1. : to draw out and twist fiber into yarn or thread

2. : to form a thread by extruding a viscous rapidly hardening fluid — used especially of a spider or insect


a. : to revolve rapidly : gyrate

b. : to feel as if in a whirl : reel

my head is spinning

4. : to move swiftly especially on or as if on wheels or in a vehicle

5. : to fish with spinning bait : troll


a. of an airplane : to fall in a spin

b. : to plunge helplessly and out of control

7. : to engage in spin control (as in politics)

transitive verb


a. : to draw out and twist into yarns or threads

b. : to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material

2. : to form (as a web or cocoon) by spinning


a. : to stretch out or extend (as a story) lengthily : protract — usually used with out

b. : to evolve, express, or fabricate by processes of mind or imagination

spin a yarn

4. : to cause to whirl : impart spin to

spin a top

5. : to shape into threadlike form in manufacture ; also : to manufacture by a whirling process

6. : to set (records or compact discs) rotating on a player : play

spin some discs

7. : to present (as information) with a particular spin

spin the statistics

- spin one's wheels

II. noun

Date: 1831


a. : the act of spinning or twirling something ; also : an instance of spinning or of spinning something

doing axels and spin s

an assortment of spin s and lobs

b. : the whirling motion imparted (as to a ball or top) by spinning

c. : an excursion or ride in a vehicle especially on wheels

go for a spin


a. : an aerial maneuver or flight condition consisting of a combination of roll and yaw with the longitudinal axis of the airplane inclined steeply downward

b. : a plunging descent or downward spiral

c. : a state of mental confusion

all in a spin


a. : a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic moment

b. : the angular momentum associated with such rotation whose magnitude is quantized and which may assume either of two possible directions ; also : the angular momentum of a system of such particles derived from the spins and orbital motions of the particles


a. : a usually ingenious twist

puts an Asian spin on the pasta dishes


(1) : a special point of view, emphasis, or interpretation presented for the purpose of influencing opinion

put the most favorable spin on the findings

(2) : spin control

• spin·less ˈspin-ləs adjective

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