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Definition of 'spin'


  1. a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
  2. the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
       Synonyms: 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
       Synonyms: tailspin
  5. a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"


  1. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: whirl birl 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"
       Synonyms: spin out

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