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Definition of spin noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. We calculated the rate of spin.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] if an aircraft goes into a spin, it falls and turns around 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/soccer
  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. see also topspin, backspin
  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. Idioms very confused, worried, or excited Her resignation put her colleagues in a spin.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spin