Nearby words

  1. spillproof,
  2. spillway,
  3. spilt,
  4. spilth,
  5. spim,
  6. spin a yarn,
  7. spin angular momentum,
  8. spin bowler,
  9. spin casting,
  10. spin control

Idioms

    spin one's wheels. wheel(def 27).
    spin out, (of an automobile) to undergo a spinout.

Origin of spin

before 900; Middle English spinnen to spin yarn, Old English spinnan; cognate with Dutch, German spinnen, Old Norse spinna, Gothic spinnan

Related formsspin·na·bil·i·ty, nounspin·na·ble, adjectiveout·spin, verb (used with object), out·spun, out·spin·ning.un·spin·na·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spin

spin

/ (spɪn) /

verb spins, spinning or spun

noun

See also spin off, spin out

Word Origin for spin

Old English spinnan; related to Old Norse spinna, Old High German spinnan to spin, Lithuanian pinu to braid

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Word Origin and History for spin
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Science definitions for spin

spin

[ spĭn ]

The intrinsic angular momentum of a rigid body or particle, especially a subatomic particle. Also called spin angular momentum
The total angular momentum of a physical system, such as an electron orbital or an atomic nucleus.
A quantum number expressing spin angular momentum; the actual angular momentum is a quantum number multiplied by Dirac's constant. Fermions have spin values that are integer multiples of 12, while bosons have spin values that are integer multiples of 1.
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Idioms and Phrases with spin

spin

In addition to the idioms beginning with spin

  • spin a yarn
  • spin control
  • spin doctor
  • spin off
  • spin one's wheels
  • spin out

also see:

  • go into a tailspin
  • make one's head spin
  • put a spin on
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