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



    BrE BrE//spɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪn//
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    fast turning movement
  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a very fast turning movement the earth’s spin the spin of a wheel The dance was full of twists and spins. Give the washing a short spin. We calculated the rate of spin. See related entries: The universe
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] if an aircraft goes into a spin, it falls and turns round rapidly
  3. in car
  4. 3[countable] (informal, becoming old-fashioned) a short ride in a car for pleasure Let's go for a spin. He asked if he could take the car for a spin.
  5. in tennis/cricket
  6. 4[uncountable] the way you make a ball turn very fast when you throw it or hit it She puts a lot of spin on the ball. a spin bowler (= in cricket, a bowler who uses spin) see also topspin See related entries: Cricket
  7. on information
  8. 5[singular, uncountable] (informal) a way of presenting information or a situation in a particular way, especially one that makes you or your ideas seem good Politicians put their own spin on the economic situation.
  9. Word OriginOld English spinnan ‘draw out and twist (fibre)’; related to German spinnen. The noun dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples Give the clothes another spin. He had to stop the helicopter from going into a spin. How do you put more spin on the ball? She’s put a whole new spin on the theme of corporate greed. The chairman tried to put a positive spin on the closure of the factory. The film retells the famous legend with a Marxist spin. The president’s death sent the stock market into a spin. We stopped the washing machine before the spin cycle. government spin doctors the government’s spin machine He lost everything on the spin of a roulette wheel. Only in the last 50 years have we had clocks accurate enough to measure changes in the earth’s spin.Idioms very confused, worried or excited Her resignation put her colleagues in a spin. See related entries: Excitement
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