spinning; spun; spins; spined

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.

Definitions of spin
  1. verb
    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    synonyms: gyrate, reel, spin around, whirl
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    whirl or spin like a whirligig
    type of:
    go around, revolve, rotate
    turn on or around an axis or a center
  2. verb
    cause to spin
    spin a coin”
    synonyms: birl, twirl, whirl
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    type of:
    circumvolve, rotate
    cause to turn on an axis or center
  3. noun
    the act of rotating rapidly
    “he gave the crank a spin
    synonyms: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl
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    (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
  4. noun
    a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
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    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
    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)
  5. noun
    rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
    synonyms: tailspin
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    type of:
    acrobatics, aerobatics, stunt flying, stunting
    the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft
  6. noun
    a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)
    “the campaign put a favorable spin on the story”
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    type of:
    interpretation, rendering, rendition
    the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
  7. verb
    make up a story
    spin a yarn”
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    type of:
    cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
    make up something artificial or untrue
  8. verb
    twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
    “The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing”
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    cause to appear more pleasant or appealing
    type of:
    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
  9. verb
    work natural fibers into a thread
    spin silk”
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    type of:
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  10. verb
    form a web by making a thread
    “spiders spin a fine web”
  11. verb
    prolong or extend
    spin out a visit”
    synonyms: spin out
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    type of:
    draw out, extend, prolong, protract
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
  12. noun
    a short drive in a car
    “he took the new car for a spin
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    type of:
    drive, ride
    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
  13. verb
    stream in jets, of liquids
    “The creek spun its course through the woods”
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    centrifugate, centrifuge
    rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids
    subject to the action of an ultracentrifuge
    type of:
    stream, well out
    flow freely and abundantly
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