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Definitions of spin

  1. cause to spin; " spin a coin"
  2. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; " The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
  3. narrate or give a detailed account of; " Tell what happened"; " The father told a story to his child"
  4. stream in jets, of liquids; " The creek spun its course through the woods"
  5. rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral spin
  6. the act of rotating rapidly; " he gave the crank a spin"; " it broke off after much twisting"
  7. a swift whirling motion ( usually of a missile)
  8. prolong or extend; " spin out a visit"
  9. work natural fibers into a thread; " spin silk"
  10. form a web by making a thread, as of spiders
  11. make up a story, as in" spin a yarn"
  12. a distinctive interpretation ( especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); " the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"
  13. a short drive in a car; " he took the new car for a spin"
  14. twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; " The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrasing"
  15. form a web by making a thread; " spiders spin a fine web"
  16. make up a story; " spin a yarn"
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness.
  20. To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. To move round rapidly; to whirl; to revolve, as a top or a spindle, about its axis.
  25. To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet; as, blood spinsfrom a vein.
  26. To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
  27. The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle.
  28. Velocity of rotation about some specified axis.
  29. To draw out and twist into threads; as, to spin cotton; draw out tediously; as, to spin a long story; form ( a web or cocoon) by drawing out the threads of from a gland; cause to whirl rapidly, as a top.
  30. To draw out and twist fiber into threads, etc.; whirl; colloquially, move swiftly; as, to spin along the road on a bicycle; to make and expel a thread, as a spider.
  31. The act of drawing and twisting fiber into threads; the act of whirling; the state of being whirled; the making of threads, as by a spider.
  32. Spun.
  33. Spinning.
  34. To draw out and twist into threads: to draw out a thread as spiders do: to draw out tediously: to cause to whirl rapidly.
  35. To practice the art or trade of spinning, to perform the act of spinning: to issue in a small or threadlike current: to whirl:- pr. p. spinning; pa. t. and pa. p. spun.
  36. SPINNER.
  37. To draw out and twist into threads; make a thread; draw out tediously; cause to whirl.
  38. To make thread by spinning; to whirl.
  39. To draw out and twist into threads.
  40. To form, as thread by drawing out and twisting, as thread, by drawing out and twisting.
  41. To compose; tell.
  42. To whirl; twirl.
  43. An act of spinning; a rapid whirling.
  44. To draw out and twist into threads; to draw out tediously; to extend to a great length; to protract; to cause to whirl.
  45. To practise spinning; to perform the act of drawing and twisting threads; to move round rapidly; to issue in a thread or small current.
  46. To draw out and twist into threads; to extend to a great length; to draw out to a tedious length; to whirl or turn rapidly as by means of thread- applied to the motion of any body on its axis, as a top; to exercise the art or trade of drawing out into threads; to issue in a very small current.
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Antonyms for spin

alertness, levelheadedness.

Quotes of spin

  1. My own work in spin glass and its consequences has formed some of the intellectual basis for these interests. – Philip Warren Anderson
  2. Most shows, you really have to force it. And everybody's nervous, and the network is nervous, and they've all got their notepads out, and they're all going to give notes on what they think is funny, and everybody's trying to spin their jokes, and this was so- the script was so good that we didn't have to really do anything, and it made it so easy for us to do well. – Will Arnett
  3. The political spin in Washington is revolting, just revolting. It's a callous political game. – Rob Bishop
  4. I think people are going to like my new shoes. I like them. I had a lot of success with the one last year, but this year's shoe is going to be a little different, but at the same time it's going to be a little spin -off on last year's shoe. – Vince Carter
  5. Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair. – Annie Dillard
  6. I like to think about stringing songs together like a string of pearls, or a string of beads, but ultimately it has to be stuff that really works with the band, and gives a spin to the older material. – Emmylou Harris
  7. Every age sort of has its own history. History is really the stories that we retell to ourselves to make them relevant to every age. So we put our own values and our own spin on it. – Terry Jones
  8. Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used. – David Lehman
  9. Firstly the cars aren't too complicated. They have no traction control, for example, which means you can spin if you try too hard and damage your tires if you're not careful with your driving style. – Nigel Mansell
  10. I met the guys through a friend of a friend, and their former drummer had quit. I wasn't too familiar with the Chili Peppers before that, so I joined at the end of 88' and we finished recording Mother's Milk at the end of 89', next thing I know I'm in Spin with a sock. – Chad Smith
  11. That is the thing I'm most grateful for in this industry to be able to spin in those different mediums, with television, film and the stage- at this stage of the game. – Blair Underwood
  12. Spin Me Round was number one all over the world, everywhere. It changed the face of pop music, no question. We took technology further than Trevor Horn. – Pete Waterman
  13. 'Press Your Luck' was probably the most exciting because of the unpredictability of the game and how I won on one of the three days on the very last spin against all odds. It was one of those great unpredictable game show moments. – Randy West

Usage examples for spin

  1. Me to the maid, " Messenger from Mr. Westlake, and would Miss Vee care to take a short motor spin – On With Torchy by Sewell Ford
  2. It was better to enter into a straightforward path, than by ambiguous words to spin out to great length matters which princes should at once conclude. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. When they become full grown, they spin a silken cocoon and change to yellowish green chrysalids from which the butterflies emerge a little more than a week later. – Butterflies Worth Knowing by Clarence M. Weed
  4. When they had finished eating in the night they said, " We are going back home, Aunt, but first we are going to the place where those young girls spin – Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore by Fay-Cooper Cole
  5. I'll catch it and throw it, and hide it and show it, And spin it to heaven and not let it fall. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  6. Spin so that I may see the world. – Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome
  7. We're going to take a long spin – Jewel's Story Book by Clara Louise Burnham
  8. " Dear little girl, you are right about that," Uncle John said heartily, " and now run and get your wraps, and we'll spin away to the shore." – Princess Polly's Playmates by Amy Brooks
  9. My grandfather was a mill hand; my father borrowed a small sum, and started with cheap machinery to spin cotton at a little old- fashioned mill. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  10. Then thou wilt not need to spin next year, the first of thy married life." – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  11. I'll get her to teach me to spin – Winter Fun by William O. Stoddard
  12. You merely said 'tea- time, ' not any particular hour; and I improved the opportunity to take another spin up the river and to talk like a Dutch uncle to a certain young man whom I shall introduce to your notice in due time. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  13. Plannin' to have a spin in your new car? – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  14. I'm going away with Maryon, and by this afternoon, when you come to fetch me for our motor spin I shall have taken the first step on the new road. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  15. In a few seconds the room ceased to spin – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. They never worked all day at this, because unless they stopped to eat they would soon have been weak and unable to spin – Among the Meadow People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  17. What will you give me if I spin it for you? – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  18. The picket placed on a spin of the cliff has orders to signal if any one is seen coming up the creek. – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  19. My dear Miss Mordaunt, this is indeed a wild romance to spin out of so slender a thread. – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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