- the act or process of converting staple or short lengths of fiber, as cotton or rayon, into continuous yarn or thread.
- the extrusion of a solution of fiber-forming substances through holes in a spinneret to form filaments.
Origin of spinning
verb (used with object), spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spin·ning.
verb (used without object), spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spin·ning.
- the act of intentionally causing a rocket or guided missile to undergo a roll.
- a roll so caused.
- 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.
Origin of spin
Synonyms for spin
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Contemporary Examples of spinning
He's dazzling, fielding questions, spinning out anecdotes and limericks, sounding 35 and hungry for publicity.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I always visualized history,” he recalled, “but her spinning native cotton with that wheel transported me into it.We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
That said, the possibility of Russia spinning the whole world into recession is really remote.Flex Muscle Spending Has Left Putin’s Russia in an Economic Freeze Frame
April 11, 2014
But for users of HBO GO Sunday night, it was more like a spinning wheel of death.‘True Detective’ Season Finale Crashes HBO GO, Fans Take to Twitter to Vent
March 10, 2014
Key actions: Spinning and spinning; frolicking; falling down.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
Historical Examples of spinning
In an instant horse and rider were spinning around like a top.
It was the little woman as had the secret, and she was always a spinning at her wheel.Little Dorrit
Turkey's mother was sitting near the little window, spinning.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
She loved to spin, and no spider ever spun so fine a thread as she on her spinning wheel.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
And over all was a constant hum, a crackling, a whining of spinning parts.Slaves of Mercury
- the act or process of spinning
- (as modifier)spinning yarn
verb spins, spinning or spun
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for spin
Old English spinnan "draw out and twist fibers into thread," from Proto-Germanic *spenwanan (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian spinna, Danish spinde, Dutch spinnen, Old High German spinnan, German spinnen, Gothic spinnan), from PIE *(s)pen- "stretch" (cf. Armenian henum "I weave;" Greek patos "garment, literally "that which is spun;" Lithuanian pinu "I plait, braid," spandau "I spin;" Middle Welsh cy-ffiniden "spider;" see span (v.)).
Sense of "to cause to turn rapidly" is from 1610s; meaning "revolve, turn around rapidly" first recorded 1660s. Meaning "attempt to influence reporters' minds after an event has taken place but before they have written about it" seems to have risen to popularity in the 1984 U.S. presidential campaign; e.g. spin doctor, first attested 1984. Spinning wheel is attested from c.1400; spinning-jenny is from 1783 (see jenny); invented by James Hargreaves c.1764-7, patented 1770.
"fairly rapid ride," 1856, from spin (v.).
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