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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. stream in jets, of liquids; " The creek spun its course through the woods"
  4. rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral spin
  5. the act of rotating rapidly; " he gave the crank a spin"; " it broke off after much twisting"
  6. a swift whirling motion ( usually of a missile)
  7. work natural fibers into a thread; " spin silk"
  8. form a web by making a thread, as of spiders
  9. make up a story, as in" spin a yarn"
  10. a distinctive interpretation ( especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); " the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"
  11. a short drive in a car; " he took the new car for a spin"
  12. twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; " The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrasing"
  13. form a web by making a thread; " spiders spin a fine web"
  14. make up a story; " spin a yarn"
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness.
  18. To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. To move round rapidly; to whirl; to revolve, as a top or a spindle, about its axis.
  23. To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
  24. The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle.
  25. Velocity of rotation about some specified axis.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Spun.
  30. Spinning.
  31. To draw out and twist into threads: to draw out a thread as spiders do: to draw out tediously: to cause to whirl rapidly.
  32. 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.
  33. SPINNER.
  34. To draw out and twist into threads; make a thread; draw out tediously; cause to whirl.
  35. To make thread by spinning; to whirl.
  36. To draw out and twist into threads.
  37. To form, as thread by drawing out and twisting, as thread, by drawing out and twisting.
  38. To compose; tell.
  39. To whirl; twirl.
  40. An act of spinning; a rapid whirling.
  41. To draw out and twist into threads; to draw out tediously; to extend to a great length; to protract; to cause to whirl.
  42. To practise spinning; to perform the act of drawing and twisting threads; to move round rapidly; to issue in a thread or small current.
  43. 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.

Usage examples for spin

  1. 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
  2. Spin so that I may see the world. – Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. In a few seconds the room ceased to spin. – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. What will you give me if I spin it for you? – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  11. " 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
  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. 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
  14. 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
  15. Plannin' to have a spin in your new car? – Torchy by Sewell Ford
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