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
Related Words for spunswim, whirl, rotate, spiral, twist, turn, twirl, revolve, reel, wheel, gyre, gyrate, oscillate, pirouette, purl
Examples from the Web for spun
Contemporary Examples of spun
He spun three times, stopped on a dime, and flashed the familiar “jazz hands” pose before walking away.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
The way Grant spun his publicity faux pas paved the way for many celebrities after him.The High Cost of An Orgasm: Is Momentary Pleasure Worth a Lifetime of Regret?
June 28, 2014
Gillian Flynn, the bestselling suspense writer of Gone Girl, has also spun out a juicy thriller.Inside George R.R. Martin’s New Book (Mild Buzzkill: Only One Story is Martin’s)
June 17, 2014
Meanwhile, CrossFit has taken the relatively solitary world of weightlifting and calisthenics and spun a communitarian dreamland.Is American Christianity Becoming a Workout Cult?
April 27, 2014
Chesapeake formed subsidiaries to build and run the lines, then spun them off into a separate, publicly traded company.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
Historical Examples of spun
The woman ancestor kitchen-gardened, spun, wove, and nourished the poultry.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The man took her by the shoulder, laughing still, and spun her up standing.The Trail Book
It's the stuff that a thousand summer-girl stories have been spun out of.Quaint Courtships
Lloyd clapped her hands and spun around the room like a top.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Again he yelled, and as he did so, he struck his heels upon the floor and spun around.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
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