spinning

[ spin-ing ]
/ ˈspɪn ɪŋ /

noun

Textiles.
  1. the act or process of converting staple or short lengths of fiber, as cotton or rayon, into continuous yarn or thread.
  2. the extrusion of a solution of fiber-forming substances through holes in a spinneret to form filaments.
Entomology. the act or process of secreting and placing silk or silklike filaments, as in the construction of a web by a spider or the formation of a cocoon by a caterpillar.
Also called spin casting, spin fishing, thread-line fishing. Angling. the act or technique of casting a relatively light lure attached to a threadlike line wound on a stationary spool.

Nearby words

  1. spinnbarkeit,
  2. spinner,
  3. spinneret,
  4. spinnery,
  5. spinney,
  6. spinning box,
  7. spinning frame,
  8. spinning jenny,
  9. spinning mule,
  10. spinning reel

Origin of spinning

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at spin, -ing1

Related formsspin·ning·ly, adverbnon·spin·ning, noun, adjectiveun·spin·ning, adjective

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 spinning

spinning

/ (ˈspɪnɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the act or process of spinning
  2. (as modifier)spinning yarn
the act or technique of casting and drawing a revolving lure through the water so as to imitate the movement of a live fish, etc

Spinning

/ (ˈspɪnɪŋ) /

noun

trademark a form of high-intensity exercise using exercise bikes

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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Word Origin and History for spinning
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Science definitions for spinning

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 spinning

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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