spin-off

or spin·off

[ spin-awf, -of ]
/ ˈspɪnˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

Commerce. a process of reorganizing a corporate structure whereby the capital stock of a division or subsidiary of a corporation or of a newly affiliated company is transferred to the stockholders of the parent corporation without an exchange of any part of the stock of the latter.Compare split-off(def 3), split-up(def 3).
any product that is an adaption, outgrowth, or development of another similar product: The paperback is a spin-off from the large hardcover encyclopedia.
a secondary or incidental product or effect derived from technological development in a somewhat unrelated area.

Origin of spin-off

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase spin off

Definition for spin off (2 of 2)

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 forms

spin·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 off (1 of 2)

spin off


verb

(tr, preposition) to turn (a part of a business enterprise) into a separate company

noun spin-off

any product or development derived incidentally from the application of existing knowledge or enterprise
a book, film, or television series derived from a similar successful book, film, or television series

British Dictionary definitions for spin off (2 of 2)

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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Science definitions for spin off

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 off (1 of 2)

spin off


Derive or produce from something else, especially a small part from a larger whole. For example, The corporation decided to spin off the automobile parts division, or Her column was spun off from her book on this subject. The expression transfers the throwing off by centrifugal force, as in spinning, to other enterprises. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with spin off (2 of 2)

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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