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Definition of "spin" []

  • To draw out and twist (fibers) into thread. (verb-transitive)
  • To form (thread or yarn) in this manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To form (a web or cocoon, for example) by extruding viscous filaments. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or produce by or as if by drawing out and twisting. (verb-transitive)
  • To relate or create: spun tales for the children. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spin" in a sentence
  • "The term 'spin off' suggests the relationship between News Corp and Sky News will be minimal, like that between Cheers and Frasier - although, since News Corp will still retain exactly the same percentage of shares in Sky News, it'll be more like if Frasier was set in Boston."
  • "He turned the can with his fingers and absently watched the label spin around."
  • "Before we begin, I'd like to define the term spin off."