What does spin mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spinnoun

    a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)

  2. spin, twirl, twist, twisting, whirlnoun

    the act of rotating rapidly

    "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"

  3. spinnoun

    a short drive in a car

    "he took the new car for a spin"

  4. tailspin, spinnoun

    rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral

  5. spinverb

    a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)

    "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"

  6. spin, spin around, whirl, reel, gyrateverb

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

    "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"

  7. spinverb

    stream in jets, of liquids

    "The creek spun its course through the woods"

  8. whirl, birl, spin, twirlverb

    cause to spin

    "spin a coin"

  9. spinverb

    make up a story

    "spin a yarn"

  10. spinverb

    form a web by making a thread

    "spiders spin a fine web"

  11. spinverb

    work natural fibers into a thread

    "spin silk"

  12. spinverb

    twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation

    "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"

  13. spin, spin outverb

    prolong or extend

    "spin out a visit"


  1. Spinnoun

    (Politics) an interpretation of an event which is favorable to the interpreter or to the person s/he supports. A person whose task is to provide such interpretations for public relations purposes is called a spin doctor.


  1. spinnoun

    The state of rotation.

  2. spinnoun

    Circular motion.

  3. spinnoun

    A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.

  4. spinnoun

    A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.

  5. spinnoun

    Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.

  6. spinnoun

    A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.

  7. spinnoun

    A brief trip by vehicle.

  8. spinverb

    To rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly); to partially or completely rotate to face another direction.

  9. spinverb

    To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together.

    They spin the cotton into thread.

  10. spinverb

    To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.

  11. spinverb

    To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.

  12. spinverb

    To move sideways when bouncing.

  13. spinverb

    To form into thin strips or ribbons, as with sugar

  14. spinadjective

    Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.

  15. Etymology: From spinnan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SPINverb

    preter. spun or span; part. spun.

    Etymology: spinnan, Sax. spinnen, Dutch.

    The women spun goats hair. Ex. xxxv. 26.

    You would be another Penelope; yet they say all the yarn she spun, in Ulysses’s absence, did but fill Ithaca full of moths. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The fates but only spin the coarser clue;
    The finest of the wool is left for you. Dryden.

    By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, ’till there’s no more future left before ’em. Roger L'Estrange.

    If his cure lies among the lawyers let nothing be said against intangling property, spinning out causes, and squeezing clients. Collier.

    Why should Rome fall a moment ere her time?
    No, let us draw her term of freedom out
    In its full length, and spin it to the last. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    I passed lightly over many particulars, on which learned and witty men might spin out large volumes. Digby.

    Men of large thoughts and quick apprehensions are not to expect any thing here, but what, being spun out of my own coarse thoughts, is fitted to men of my own size. John Locke.

    The lines are weak, another’s pleas’d to say;
    Lord Fanny spins a thousand such a day. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Spinverb

    We can fling our legs and arms upwards and downwards, backwards, forwards, and round, as they that spin. More.

    Ten thousand stalks their various blossoms spread;
    Peaceful and lowly in their native soil,
    They neither know to spin, nor care to toil. Matthew Prior.

    For this Alcides learn’d to spin;
    His club laid down, and lion’s skin. Matthew Prior.

    Together furiously they ran,
    That to the ground came horse and man;
    The blood out of their helmets span,
    So sharp were their encounters. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

    Whether the sun, predominant in heav’n,
    Rise on the earth, or earth rise on the sun,
    He from the East his flaming road begin,
    Or she from West her silent course advance
    With inoffensive pace, that spinning sleeps
    On her soft axle, while she paces ev’n
    And bears thee soft with the smooth air along,
    Solicit not thy thoughts. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    As when a shipwright stands his workmen o’er,
    Who ply the wimble some huge beam to bore;
    Urg’d on all hands it nimbly spins about,
    The grain deep piercing ’till it scoops it out. Alexander Pope.


  1. Spin

    Spin is a song by American alternative rock band Lifehouse from their 2002 album, Stanley Climbfall. It was written by Jason Wade and produced by Ron Aniello. The song received positive reviews from music critics and peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


  1. spin

    Spin is a fundamental property of elementary particles in quantum physics, similar to properties like mass or charge. It refers to the intrinsic angular momentum of a particle, a rotation around its own axis, akin to the daily rotation of the Earth. However, it's crucial to note that spin doesn't relate to 'spinning' in the usual sense. Values for spin can be either whole numbers (0, 1, 2, etc.) or half numbers (1/2, 3/2, etc.), and this determines whether a particle is a boson (whole number spin) or a fermion (half number spin).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spinverb

    to draw out, and twist into threads, either by the hand or machinery; as, to spin wool, cotton, or flax; to spin goat's hair; to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material

  2. Spinverb

    to draw out tediously; to form by a slow process, or by degrees; to extend to a great length; -- with out; as, to spin out large volumes on a subject

  3. Spinverb

    to protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness

  4. Spinverb

    to cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top

  5. Spinverb

    to form (a web, a cocoon, silk, or the like) from threads produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid, which hardens on coming into contact with the air; -- said of the spider, the silkworm, etc

  6. Spinverb

    to shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal revolves, as in a lathe

  7. Spinverb

    to practice spinning; to work at drawing and twisting threads; to make yarn or thread from fiber; as, the woman knows how to spin; a machine or jenny spins with great exactness

  8. Spinverb

    to move round rapidly; to whirl; to revolve, as a top or a spindle, about its axis

  9. Spinverb

    to stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet; as, blood spinsfrom a vein

  10. Spinverb

    to move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc

  11. Spinnoun

    the act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle

  12. Spinnoun

    velocity of rotation about some specified axis

  13. Etymology: [AS. spinnan; akin to D. & G. spinnen, Icel. & Sw. spinna, Dan. spinde, Goth. spinnan, and probably to E. span. 170. Cf. Span, v. t., Spider.]


  1. Spin

    Spin is a music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione Jr.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spin

    spin, v.t. to draw out and twist into threads: to draw out a thread as spiders do: to draw out tediously: to cause to whirl rapidly: to fish with a swivel or spoon-bait: to reject at an examination.—v.i. to practise the art or trade of spinning, to perform the act of spinning: to issue in a small or thread-like current: to whirl, to go fast:—pr.p. spin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. spun.—n. a rapid revolving motion, a spurt at high speed.—ns. Spin′ner, one who spins: (Shak.) a spider: a spinneret;

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. spin

    Equivalent to buzz. More common among C and Unix programmers. See the discussion of ‘spinlock’ under busy-wait.

Suggested Resources

  1. SPIN

    What does SPIN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SPIN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SPIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spin is ranked #159712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spin surname appeared 101 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Spin.

    91% or 92 total occurrences were White.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spin' in Verbs Frequency: #776

Anagrams for spin »

  1. pins

  2. PINs

  3. PSNI

  4. snip

  5. nips

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spin in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of spin in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    I never envisioned a day that we would ever see that kind of equipment used against protesters, but I also never imagined a day in 28 years when we would see that kind of criminal activity spin out of peaceful demonstrations.

  2. Stefan Jacoby:

    We could not ramp up Spin production to boost the volume as we had expected ... although the product was really good, the logistics chain of the Spin was too complex; we had low volume so we could not localize the car accordingly, and from the cost point of view we were just not competitive.

  3. Proverb:

    Women naturally deceive, weep, and spin

  4. John Keats:

    It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.

  5. Portuguese-Jewish Wedding Ceremony:

    The ritual of marriage is not simply a social event; it is a crossing of threads in the fabric of fate. Many strands bring the couple and their families together and spin their lives into a fabric that is woven on their children.

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  • غزلArabic
  • прасціBelarusian
  • предаBulgarian
  • efecte, espínCatalan, Valencian
  • přístCzech
  • Spin, schönreden, spinnen, Trudeln, passende Auslegung, beschönigen, Beschönigung, Schönfärberei, positiv darstellen, Zurechtlegung, rotieren, Spritztour, DrallGerman
  • ιδιοστροφορμήGreek
  • hilar, sesgo positivo, giro, pintar bonito, vuelta, rotar, dorar la píldora, girar, barrena, espín, endulzarSpanish
  • رشتن, اسپینPersian
  • pyöriä, kierre, liike, pyörintä, kiertyä, lyödä, kaunistella, syöksykierre, spin, kehrätä, pyöriväFinnish
  • vrille, filer, effet, tournoyer, brossage, spinFrench
  • sníomhIrish
  • snìomhScottish Gaelic
  • स्पिनHindi
  • pörgés, forog, forgásHungarian
  • filare, piroettare, far girare, ruotare, girareItalian
  • スピン, 回転, 紡ぐ, きりもみJapanese
  • nentLatin
  • vērptLatvian
  • предеMacedonian
  • spinnen, doen draaien, draaienDutch
  • spinne, spinnNorwegian
  • spin, obracać się, wirować, prząść, obrótPolish
  • fiar, girarPortuguese
  • învârti, toarceRomanian
  • вращение, прясть, вертеться, [[искажать]] [[смысл]], сучить, вращаться, спин, спрясть, крутитьсяRussian
  • прȅсти, prȅstiSerbo-Croatian
  • prísťSlovak
  • prestiSlovene
  • spinn, snurra runt, spinna, snurra, skruvSwedish
  • สปิน, หมุนThai
  • eğirmek, dönmek, yaldızlamak, dolanmakTurkish
  • прястиUkrainian

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    a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
    • A. elaborate
    • B. abhor
    • C. abase
    • D. loom

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