- 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.
- spinning box,
- spinning frame,
- spinning jenny,
- spinning mule,
- spinning reel
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
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I always visualized history,” he recalled, “but her spinning native cotton with that wheel transported me into it.
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|Daniel Gross|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Key actions: Spinning and spinning; frolicking; falling down.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm|Kelly Williams Brown|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every house of any note could boast of a spinning wheel and loom.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Spinning a top is second to no exercise which I have yet mentioned, unless it is playing at shuttlecock.The Young Mother|William A. Alcott
Spinning and weaving might have still been going on but for a big fire that destroyed the whole place.Normandy, Complete|Gordon Home
As a rule, each member of the family had a regularly allotted task for each day in spinning or weaving.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama|Walter L. Fleming
They went on—one with her knitting and the other with her spinning.Armorel of Lyonesse|Walter Besant
- 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