spin

When you spin, you whirl around in a circle. Many kids love to spin on a merry-go-round.

You can spin in a happy circle, and you can describe this movement as a spin. Another way to use the word spin is for a deliberate twisting of information, especially when it's done by politicians. A candidate might spin a news report to make herself look more appealing, for example, or spin bad news to make it appear good. This meaning of spin is relatively new, not being used much until the mid-1980's.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: spin

1
vn
revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
the act of rotating rapidly
2
nv
a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)
make up a story
3
v
work natural fibers into a thread
4
v
prolong or extend
5
n
a short drive in a car
6
v
stream in jets, of liquids
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: spin
1

v revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

Synonyms:
gyrate, reel, spin around, whirl
Types:
whirligig
whirl or spin like a whirligig
Type of:
go around, revolve, rotate
turn on or around an axis or a center

v cause to spin

spin a coin”
Synonyms:
birl, twirl, whirl
Type of:
circumvolve, rotate
cause to turn on an axis or center

n the act of rotating rapidly

“he gave the crank a spin
Synonyms:
twirl, twist, twisting, whirl
Types:
pirouette
(ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)
birling, logrolling
rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)
Type of:
rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis

n a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)

Types:
backspin
spin (usually of a moving ball) that retards or reverses the forward motion
English, side
(sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
topspin
forward spin (usually of a moving ball) that is imparted by an upward stroke
Type of:
gyration, revolution, rotation
a single complete turn (axial or orbital)

n rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral

Synonyms:
tailspin
Type of:
acrobatics, aerobatics, stunt flying, stunting
the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft
2

n a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)

“the campaign put a favorable spin on the story”
Type of:
interpretation, rendering, rendition
the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance

v make up a story

spin a yarn”
Type of:
cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
make up something artificial or untrue

v twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation

“The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing”
Types:
sugarcoat
cause to appear more pleasant or appealing
Type of:
lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind
3

v work natural fibers into a thread

spin silk”
Type of:
distort, twine, twist
form into a spiral shape

v form a web by making a thread

“spiders spin a fine web”
Type of:
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch
4

v prolong or extend

spin out a visit”
Synonyms:
spin out
Type of:
draw out, extend, prolong, protract
lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
5

n a short drive in a car

“he took the new car for a spin
Type of:
drive, ride
a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
6

v stream in jets, of liquids

“The creek spun its course through the woods”
Types:
centrifugate, centrifuge
rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids
ultracentrifuge
subject to the action of an ultracentrifuge
Type of:
stream, well out
flow freely and abundantly
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