Definition of spin verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪn//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spin
    BrE BrE//spɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪn//
    he / she / it spins
    BrE BrE//spɪnz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪnz//
    past simple spun
    BrE BrE//spʌn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spʌn//
    past participle spun
    BrE BrE//spʌn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spʌn//
    -ing form spinning
    BrE BrE//ˈspɪnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɪnɪŋ//
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    turn round quickly
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to turn round and round quickly; to make something do this (+ adv./prep.) The plane was spinning out of control. a spinning ice skater My head is spinning (= I feel as if my head is going around and I can't balance). His theories on economics are enough to make your head spin (= make you feel very confused). spin (round/around) The dancers spun round and round. spin something (round/around) to spin a ball/coin/wheel We placed our bets and the croupier spun the roulette wheel.
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] spin (somebody) round/around | + adv./prep. to turn round quickly once; to make somebody do this He spun around to face her. She spun on her heel and walked out.
  3. make thread
  4. 3[intransitive, transitive] to make thread from wool, cotton, silk, etc. by twisting it She sat by the window spinning. spin something to spin and knit wool spin A into B spinning silk into thread spin B from A spinning thread from silk
  5. of spider/silkworm
  6. 4[transitive] spin something to produce thread from its body to make a web or cocoon a spider spinning a web A silkworm spins a cocoon that can yield 800 metres of pure silk.
  7. drive/travel quickly
  8. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. to drive or travel quickly They went spinning along the roads on their bikes.
  9. dry clothes
  10. 6[transitive] spin something to remove the water from clothes that have just been washed, in a spin dryer
  11. present information
  12. 7[transitive] spin something (as something) to present information or a situation in a particular way, especially one that makes you or your ideas seem good An aide was already spinning the senator's defeat as ‘almost as good as an outright win’.
  13. Word OriginOld English spinnan ‘draw out and twist (fibre)’; related to German spinnen. The noun dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples She spun on her heel and walked out of the room. The Earth spins on its axis once every 24 hours. The blade spins very fast. The car spun out of control. The dinghy spun like a top and a huge wave came at me. The wheel can now spin freely. The wine made my head spin. He spun the child roughly around. Jo spun the chair round. My head was spinning. She spun round to see him grinning at her. She spun the roulette wheel one last time. Spin your partner around. The Earth spins around a central axis. They spun a coin to see who should go first.Idioms
    spin (somebody) a yarn, tale, etc.
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    to try to make somebody believe a long story that is not true See related entries: Dishonest
    to turn around suddenly so that you are facing in the opposite direction
    Phrasal Verbsspin off (from something)spin somethingoffspin somethingout
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