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spin / spin/ • v. (spin·ning ; past and past part. spun / spən/ ) 1. turn or cause to turn or whirl around quickly: [intr.] the girl spun around in alarm the rear wheels spun violently | [tr.] he fiddled with the radio, spinning the dial. ∎  [intr.] (of a person's head) give a sensation of dizziness: the figures were enough to make her head spin. ∎  [tr.] chiefly Cricket impart a revolving motion to (a ball) when bowling. ∎  [intr.] (of a ball) move through the air with such a revolving motion. ∎  [tr.] give (a news story or other information) a particular interpretation, esp. a favorable one. ∎  [tr.] shape (sheet metal) by pressure applied during rotation on a lathe: [as adj.] (spun) spun metal components. 2. [tr.] draw out (wool, cotton, or other material) and convert it into threads, either by hand or with machinery: they spin wool into the yarn for weaving | [as adj.] (spun) spun glass. ∎  make (threads) in this way: this method is used to spin filaments from syrups. ∎  (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. 3. [intr.] fish with a spinner: they were spinning for salmon in the lake. • n. 1. a rapid turning or whirling motion: he concluded the dance with a double spin. ∎  revolving motion imparted to a ball in a game such as baseball, cricket, tennis, or billiards: this racket enables the player to impart more spin to the ball ∎  [in sing.] a particular bias, interpretation, or point of view, intended to create a favorable (or sometimes, unfavorable) impression when presented to the public: he tried to put a positive spin on the president's campaign. ∎  [usu. in sing.] a fast revolving motion of an aircraft as it descends rapidly: he tried to stop the plane from going into a spin. ∎  Physics the intrinsic angular momentum of a subatomic particle. 2. [in sing.] inf. a brief trip in a vehicle for pleasure: a spin around town. PHRASES: spin one's wheels inf. waste one's time or efforts. spin a yarn tell a long, far-fetched story.PHRASAL VERBS: spin something off (of a parent company) turn a subsidiary into a new and separate company. spin out (of a driver or car) lose control, esp. in a skid. spin something out make something last as long as possible: they seem keen to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions. ∎  spend or occupy time aimlessly or without profit: Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon. ORIGIN: Old English spinnan ‘draw out and twist (fiber)’; related to German spinnen. The noun dates from the mid 19th cent.

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spin1 spin doctor a spokesperson employed to give a favourable interpretation of events to the media, especially on behalf of a political party. The term comes from US politics, and originated in a sporting metaphor, with the idea of the spin put on the ball, for example by a pitcher in baseball.

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spin (symbol s) In quantum mechanics, intrinsic angular momentum possessed by some subatomic particles, atoms, and nuclei. This may be regarded by analogy as the spinning of the particle about an axis within itself. Spin is one of the quantum numbers by which a particle is specified.

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spin2 spin a yarn tell a long far-fetched story; the expression is a nautical one, and is recorded from the early 19th century.
spin one's wheels in North American usage, waste one's time and efforts.

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spin pt. span, spun, pp. spun draw and form into thread OE.; form (a thread) XIII: shoot, gush XIV; revolve XVII. OE. str. vb. spinnan = (M)Du. spinnen, OHG., Goth. spinnan (G. spinnen), ON. spinna.

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spinagin, akin, begin, Berlin, bin, Boleyn, Bryn, chin, chin-chin, Corinne, din, fin, Finn, Flynn, gaijin, gin, Glyn, grin, Gwyn, herein, Ho Chi Minh, in, inn, Jin, jinn, kin, Kweilin, linn, Lynn, mandolin, mandoline, Min, no-win, pin, Pinyin, quin, shin, sin, skin, spin, therein, thin, Tientsin, tin, Tonkin, Turin, twin, underpin, Vietminh, violin, wherein, whin, whipper-in, win, within, Wynne, yin •weigh-in • lutein • lie-in • Samhain •Bowen, Cohen, Owen, throw-in •heroin, heroine •benzoin •bruin, ruin, shoo-in •Bedouin • Islwyn •genuine, Menuhin •cabin, Scriabin •Portakabin • sin bin • swingbin •bobbin, dobbin, robin •haemoglobin (US hemoglobin) •Reuben • dubbin • dustbin • Jacobin •kitchen, lichen •Cochin • urchin

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