Definitions for: Spin


[n] rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral spin
[n] the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
[n] a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
[v] prolong or extend; "spin out a visit"
[v] narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
[v] work natural fibers into a thread; "spin silk"
[v] form a web by making a thread, as of spiders
[v] make up a story, as in"spin a yarn"
[v] revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
[v] cause to spin; "spin a coin"
[v] stream in jets, of liquids; "The creek spun its course through the woods"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spun(Archaic imp. Span); p.
pr. & vb. n. Spinning.] [AS. spinnan; akin to D. & G.
spinnen, Icel. & Sw. spinna, Dan. spinde, Goth. spinnan, and
probably to E. span. [root]170. Cf. Span, v. t., Spider.]
1. 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.

All the yarn she [Penelope] spun in Ulysses' absence
did but fill Ithaca full of moths. --Shak.

2. 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.

Do you mean that story is tediously spun out?
--Sheridan.

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

By one delay after another they spin out their whole
lives. --L'Estrange.

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

5. 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. (Mech.) 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.

To spin a yarn (Naut.), to tell a story, esp. a long or
fabulous tale.

To spin hay (Mil.), to twist it into ropes for convenient
carriage on an expedition.

To spin street yarn, to gad about gossiping. [Collog.]


Spin, v. i.
1. 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.

They neither know to spin, nor care to toll.
--Prior.

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

Round about him spun the landscape, Sky and forest
reeled together. --Longfellow.

With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning
about each head. --G. W. Cable.

3. To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet;
as, blood spinsfrom a vein. --Shak.

4. To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage,
on a bicycle, etc. [Colloq.]


Spin, n.
1. The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a
bicycle. [Colloq.]

2. (Kinematics) Velocity of rotation about some specified
axis.

Synonyms: birl, gyrate, narrate, recite, recount, reel, spin around, spin out, tailspin, tell, twirl, twirl, twist, twisting, whirl, whirl

See Also: acrobatics, aerobatics, backspin, birling, centrifugate, centrifuge, circumvolve, cook up, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, distort, draw out, English, extend, extrude, fabricate, go around, gyration, inform, invent, logrolling, make up, manufacture, pirouette, prolong, protract, relate, revolution, revolve, rhapsodise, rhapsodize, rotate, rotation, rotation, side, squeeze out, stream, stunt flying, stunting, topspin, twine, twist, well out, whirligig, yarn

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