Pronunciation: spĭn
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Spun (Archaic imp. Span ( )); p. pr. & vb. n. Spinning.]
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.
3.To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness.
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.
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.
3.To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet; as, blood spinsfrom a vein.
4.To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
n.1.The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle.
2.(Kinematics) Velocity of rotation about some specified axis.
3.(Politics) an interpretation of an event which is favorable to the interpreter or to the person s/he supports. A person whose task is to provide such interpretations for public relations purposes is called a spin doctor.
Noun1.spin - a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
2.spin - the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
Synonyms: twirl, twisting, whirl, twist
3.spin - a short drive in a car; "he took the new car for a spin"
4.spin - rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
Synonyms: tailspin
5.spin - a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"
Verb1.spin - revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
2.spin - stream in jets, of liquids; "The creek spun its course through the woods"
3.spin - cause to spin; "spin a coin"
Synonyms: birl, twirl, whirl
4.spin - make up a story; "spin a yarn"
5.spin - form a web by making a thread; "spiders spin a fine web"
6.spin - work natural fibers into a thread; "spin silk"
7.spin - twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrasing"
8.spin - prolong or extend; "spin out a visit"
Synonyms: spin out
spin - Equivalent to buzz. More common among C and Unix programmers.
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