[ spin ]
/ spɪn /
verb (used with object), spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spin·ning.
to make (yarn) by drawing out, twisting, and winding fibers: Pioneer women spun yarn on spinning wheels.
to form (the fibers of any material) into thread or yarn: The machine spins nylon thread.
(of spiders, silkworms, etc.) to produce (a thread, cobweb, gossamer, silk, etc.) by extruding from the body a long, slender filament of a natural viscous matter that hardens in the air.
to cause to turn around rapidly, as on an axis; twirl; whirl: to spin a coin on a table.
Informal. to play (phonograph records): a job spinning records on a radio show.
Metalworking. to shape (sheet metal) into a hollow, rounded form by pressure from a tool while rotating the metal on a lathe or wheel.
to produce, fabricate, or evolve in a manner suggestive of spinning thread: to spin a tale of sailing ships and bygone days.
Rocketry. to cause intentionally (a rocket or guided missile) to undergo a roll.
to draw out, protract, or prolong (often followed by out): He spun the project out for over three years.
British. to flunk a student in an examination or a term's work.
Slang. to cause to have a particular bias; influence in a certain direction: His assignment was to spin the reporters after the president's speech.
verb (used without object), spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spin·ning.
to revolve or rotate rapidly, as the earth or a top.
to produce a thread from the body, as spiders or silkworms.
to produce yarn or thread by spinning.
to move, go, run, ride, or travel rapidly.
to have a sensation of whirling; reel: My head began to spin and I fainted.
to fish with a spinning or revolving bait.
the act of causing a spinning or whirling motion.
a spinning motion given to a ball, wheel, axle, or other object.
a downward movement or trend, especially one that is sudden, alarming, etc.: Steel prices went into a spin.
a rapid run, ride, drive, or the like, as for exercise or enjoyment: They went for a spin in the car.
Slang. a particular viewpoint or bias, especially in the media; slant: They tried to put a favorable spin on the news coverage of the controversial speech.
Also called tailspin, tail spin. Aeronautics. a maneuver in which an airplane descends in a vertical direction along a helical path of large pitch and small radius at an angle of attack greater than the critical angle, dangerous when not done intentionally or under control.
- the act of intentionally causing a rocket or guided missile to undergo a roll.
- a roll so caused.
Also called spin angular momentum. Physics. the intrinsic angular momentum characterizing each kind of elementary particle, having one of the values 0, 1/2, 1/3, … when measured in units of Planck's constant divided by 2π.
Australian. a run of luck; fate.
- to create something new, as a company or assets, without detracting from or affecting the relative size or stability of the original: After the acquisition, the company was required to spin off about a third of its assets.
- to derive from or base on something done previously: They took the character of the maid and spun off another TV series.
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Idioms for spin
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
OTHER WORDS FROM spinspin·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 angular momentum
/ (spɪn) /
verb spins, spinning or spun
to rotate or cause to rotate rapidly, as on an axis
- to draw out and twist (natural fibres, as of silk or cotton) into a long continuous thread
- to make such a thread or filament from (synthetic resins, etc), usually by forcing through a nozzle
(of spiders, silkworms, etc) to form (webs, cocoons, etc) from a silky fibre exuded from the body
(tr) to shape (metal) into a rounded form on a lathe
(tr) informal to tell (a tale, story, etc) by drawing it out at great length (esp in the phrase spin a yarn)
to bowl, pitch, hit, or kick (a ball) so that it rotates in the air and changes direction or speed on bouncing, or (of a ball) to be projected in this way
(intr) (of wheels) to revolve rapidly without causing propulsion
to cause (an aircraft) to dive in a spiral descent or (of an aircraft) to dive in a spiral descent
(intr foll by along) to drive or travel swiftly
Also: spin-dry (tr) to rotate (clothes) in a washing machine in order to extract surplus water
(intr) to reel or grow dizzy, as from turning aroundmy head is spinning
(intr) to fish by drawing a revolving lure through the water
(intr) informal to present news or information in a way that creates a favourable impression
a swift rotating motion; instance of spinning
- the intrinsic angular momentum of an elementary particle or atomic nucleus, as distinguished from any angular momentum resulting from its motion
- a quantum number determining values of this angular momentum in units of the Dirac constant, having integral or half-integral valuesSymbol: S, s
a condition of loss of control of an aircraft or an intentional flight manoeuvre in which the aircraft performs a continuous spiral descent because the angle of maximum lift is less than the angle of incidence
a spinning motion imparted to a ball, etc
(in skating) any of various movements involving spinning rapidly on the spot
informal a short or fast drive, ride, etc, esp in a car, for pleasure
flat spin informal, mainly British a state of agitation or confusion
Australian and NZ informal a period of time or an experience; chance or luck; fortunea bad spin
commerce informal a sudden downward trend in prices, values, etc
informal the practice of presenting news or information in a way that creates a favourable impression
on the spin informal one after anotherthey have lost two finals on the spin
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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Scientific definitions for spin angular momentum (1 of 2)
spin angular momentum
Scientific definitions for spin angular momentum (2 of 2)
[ 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 angular momentum
In addition to the idioms beginning with spin
- spin a yarn
- spin control
- spin doctor
- spin off
- spin one's wheels
- spin out
- go into a tailspin
- make one's head spin
- put a spin on
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