Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Verb: spin (spun,spinning)  spin
  1. Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    "The dervishes spin around and around without getting dizzy";
    - spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate
  2. Stream in jets, of liquids
    "The creek spun its course through the woods"
  3. Cause to spin
    "spin a coin";
    - whirl, birl [UK], twirl
  4. Make up a story
    "spin a yarn"
  5. Form a web by making a thread
    "spiders spin a fine web"
  6. Work natural fibers into a thread
    "spin silk"
  7. Twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
    "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"
  8. Prolong or extend
    "spin out a visit";
    - spin out
Noun: spin  spin
  1. A swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
  2. The act of rotating rapidly
    "he gave the crank a spin";
    - twirl, twist, twisting, whirl
  3. A short drive in a car
    "he took the new car for a spin"
  4. Rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
    - tailspin
  5. A distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)
    "the campaign put a favourable spin on the story"

Derived forms: spins, spinning, spun

Type of: acrobatics, aerobatics, circumvolve, cook up [informal], create from raw material, create from raw stuff, distort, draw out, drive, extend, fabricate, go around, gyration, interpretation, invent, lay out, make up, manufacture, present, prolong, protract, rendering, rendition, represent, revolution, revolve, ride, rotary motion, rotate, rotation, stream, stunt flying, stunting, twine, twist, well out

Encyclopedia: Spin