spin the plate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spin the plate a game in which something round (as a plate) is spun on edge and the name of a player is called; the named player must catch the spinning object before it falls or pay a forfeit
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Usage

In literature:

Some play is settled on, such as the "Arbor of love;" "Spinning the plate," or any other.
"The Girl's Cabinet of Instructive and Moral Stories" by Uncle Philip
The one whose number is called endeavors to catch the plate before it has stopped spinning.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
But that black plate was spinning out into the sun haze.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
It is then his turn to spin the plate and call some one else into the center.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
After that he gave the plate a spin.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
They sent hats, and hoops, and plates, and umbrellas spinning from one to the other.
"Spinning Tops" by John Perry
It spins up to the plate, goes dead, then curves sharply down and in.
"Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball" by J. W. Duffield
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In news:

Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Gowan presents the Spinning Plates award to Jessie Woods of the Gold Exchange Thursday evening in recognition of her involvement in so many community projects at the same time.
Multiple subplots can't keep the plates of passion spinning.
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In science:

Similarly, we have confirmed that the Wien effect signal disappears when we rotate our sample so that muons are implanted directly into the silver backing plate, or when we use non-spin ice samples.
After the shift by ∆x, both plates will tend to return to the previous state when ∆x = 0 and simultaneously will spin together in the clockwise direction in the plane (x, z ).
Casimir expulsion of shifted configurations
Thus, the system of the plates will tend in the direction opposite to the shift motion and simultaneously it will spin in the opposite (anticlockwise) direction.
Casimir expulsion of shifted configurations
However, the character of the spinning action of the forces on the plates weakens with the growth of the angle ϕ and the direction of the shifting forces remains similar to that which is observed in the case of parallel plates.
Casimir expulsion of shifted configurations
This arrangement produces two slightly convex focal surfaces on opposite sides of the spacecraft spin (symmetry) axis with plate scales of about 15′ /cm.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
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