verb transitiveWord forms: spun or ˈspinning
a. to draw out and twist fibers of (wool, cotton, etc.) into thread
b. to make (thread, yarn, etc.) by this process
2. to make (a web, cocoon, etc.) from a filament of a viscous fluid that is extruded from the body and hardens on exposure to the airsaid of spiders, silkworms, etc.
3. to make or produce in a way suggestive of spinning
⇒ to spin a tale
5. to cause to whirl or rotate swiftly
⇒ to spin a top
6. to cause (wheels of a vehicle) to rotate freely without traction, as on ice or in sand
9. to spin thread or yarn
10. to form a thread, web, etc.said of spiders, etc.
11. to fish with a spinning reel
12. to whirl or rotate swiftly
13. to go into or descend in a spinsaid of an aircraft
14. to seem to be spinning from dizziness
15. to move along swiftly and smoothly
16. to rotate freely without traction
⇒ wheels spinning on ice
17. the act of spinning or rotating something
18. a spinning or rotating movement
19. a moving along swiftly and smoothly
20. a ride or pleasure trip in a motor vehicle
21. any descent in which an airplane comes down nose first along a spiral path of large pitch and small radius
22. any sudden, steep downward movement
23. Us a particular emphasis or slant imparted to information in order to create a desired effect, such as a favorable public image for a politician
a. the intrinsic angular momentum of an elementary particle or photon, produced by rotation about its own axis
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Word origin of 'spin'ME spinnen < OE spinnan, akin to Ger spinnen < IE base *(s)pen(d)-, to pull, draw, spin > Lith spéndžiu, to lay a snare & (prob.) L pendere, to hang; (sense 23) from the fact that the spin imparted to a ball in certain games
affects its direction, bounce, etc.