spin-out

or spin·out

[ spin-out ]
/ ˈspɪnˌaʊt /

noun

the spinning out of control into a rotating skid of a car or other vehicle.

Origin of spin-out

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase spin out

Definition for spin out (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 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 out (1 of 2)

spin out


verb (tr, adverb)

to extend or protract (a story, etc) by including superfluous detail; prolong
to spend or pass (time)
to contrive to cause (money, etc) to last as long as possible

noun spinout

a spinning skid in a car that causes it to run off the road

British Dictionary definitions for spin out (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 out

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 out (1 of 2)

spin out


1

Protract or prolong, as in They spun out the negotiations over a period of months. This idiom alludes to drawing out a thread by spinning. [c. 1600]

2

Rotate out of control, as in The car spun out and crashed into the store window. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with spin out (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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