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.

Nearby words

  1. spin the platter,
  2. spin vector,
  3. spin wave,
  4. spin-dry,
  5. spin-dryer,
  6. spin-out,
  7. spina,
  8. spina bifida,
  9. spina bifida aperta,
  10. spina bifida cystica

Origin of spin-off

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

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 spinoff

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 spinoff
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Science definitions for spinoff

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 spinoff

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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