• A little boy sails boats in a pail of water, beside a woman who has taken a break from her spinning
    A little boy sails boats in a pail of water, beside a woman who has taken a break from her spinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spin prolong or extend "spin out a visit"
    • v spin twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"
    • v spin work natural fibers into a thread "spin silk"
    • v spin form a web by making a thread "spiders spin a fine web"
    • v spin make up a story "spin a yarn"
    • v spin revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
    • v spin cause to spin "spin a coin"
    • v spin stream in jets, of liquids "The creek spun its course through the woods"
    • n spin a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion) "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"
    • n spin rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
    • n spin a short drive in a car "he took the new car for a spin"
    • n spin the act of rotating rapidly "he gave the crank a spin","it broke off after much twisting"
    • n spin a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
Girl Spinning Girl Spinning
Spinning Jenny Spinning Jenny
Mule spinning machine Mule spinning machine
Spinning spindle Spinning spindle
A Spinning Wheel A Spinning Wheel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To tell if a egg is fully cooked or raw, just spin it. If the egg wobbles then it is still raw, and if it easily spins it is fully cooked
    • Spin (Politics) an interpretation of an event which is favorable to the interpreter or to the person s/he supports. A person whose task is to provide such interpretations for public relations purposes is called a spin doctor.
    • Spin The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle.
    • Spin To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top.
    • Spin To draw out tediously; to form by a slow process, or by degrees; to extend to a great length; -- with out; as, to spin out large volumes on a subject. "Do you mean that story is tediously spun out?"
    • Spin To draw out, and twist into threads, either by the hand or machinery; as, to spin wool, cotton, or flax; to spin goat's hair; to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material. "All the yarn she [Penelope spun in Ulysses' absence did but fill Ithaca full of moths."
    • Spin To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, or the like) from threads produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid, which hardens on coming into contact with the air; -- said of the spider, the silkworm, etc.
    • Spin To move round rapidly; to whirl; to revolve, as a top or a spindle, about its axis. "Round about him spun the landscape,
      Sky and forest reeled together."
      "With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning about each head."
    • Spin To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
    • Spin To practice spinning; to work at drawing and twisting threads; to make yarn or thread from fiber; as, the woman knows how to spin; a machine or jenny spins with great exactness. "They neither know to spin , nor care to toll."
    • Spin To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness. "By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives."
    • Spin (Mech) To shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal revolves, as in a lathe.
    • Spin To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet; as, blood spinsfrom a vein.
    • Spin (Kinematics) Velocity of rotation about some specified axis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some silkworms can spin cocoons that contain more than two miles of silk
    • spin To draw out and twist into threads, either by the hand or by machinery: as, to spin wool, cotton, or flax.
    • spin To make, fabricate, or form by drawing out and twisting the materials of: as, to spin a thread or a web; to spin glass.
    • spin To form by the extrusion in long slender filaments or threads of viscous matter which hardens in air: said of the spider, the silkworm, and other insects: as, to spin silk or gossamer; to spin a web or cocoon.
    • spin Figuratively, to fabricate or produce in a manner analogous to the drawing out and twisting of wool or flax into threads, or to the processes of the spider or the silkworm: sometimes with out.
    • spin To whirl rapidly; cause to turn rapidly on its own axis by twirling: as, to spin a top; to spin a coin on a table.
    • spin To fish with a swivel or spoon-bait: as, to spin the upper pool.
    • spin In sheet-metal work, to form in a lathe, as a disk of sheet-metal, into a globe, cup, vase, or like form. The disk is fitted to the live spindle, and is pressed and bent by tools of various forms. The process is peculiarly suitable to plated ware, as the thin coating of silver is not broken or disturbed by it. Called in French repoussé sur tour.
    • spin To reject at an examination; “send spinning.”
    • spin To form threads by drawing out and twisting the fiber of wool, cotton, flax, and the like, especially with the distaff and spindle, with the spinning-wheel, or with spinning-machinery.
    • spin To form threads out of a viscous fluid, as a spider or silkworm.
    • spin To revolve rapidly; whirl, as a top or a spindle.
    • spin To issue in a thread or small stream; spirt.
    • spin To go or move rapidly; go fast: as, to spin along the road.
    • spin To use a spinner or spinning-spoon; troll: as, to spin for trout.
    • spin To be made to revolve, as a minnow on the trolling-spoon. The minnow is fastened on a gang of small hooks that are thrust into its back and sides to so bend it that it may turn round and round when dragged through the water.
    • n spin A rapid revolving or whirling motion, as that of a top on its axis; a rapid twirl: as, to give a coin a spin.
    • n spin A continued rapid motion or action of any kind; a spirited dash or run; a single effort of high speed, as in running a race; a spurt.
    • n spin In mathematics, a rotation-velocity considered as represented by a line, the axis of rotation, and a length marked upon that line proportional to the number of turns per unit of time.
    • n spin A variation of the game of new-market in which the holder of the diamond ace is allowed to play it in order to stop the suit, provided it is his play to the sequence at the time. See newmarket.
    • n spin In cricket, a twist or rotation imparted to the ball by the bowler.
    • n spin An abbreviation of spinster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At the equator the Earth spins at about 1,038 miles per hour
    • v.t Spin spin to draw out and twist into threads: to draw out a thread as spiders do: to draw out tediously: to cause to whirl rapidly: to fish with a swivel or spoon-bait: to reject at an examination
    • v.i Spin to practise the art or trade of spinning, to perform the act of spinning: to issue in a small or thread-like current: to whirl, to go fast:—pr.p. spin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. spun
    • n Spin a rapid revolving motion, a spurt at high speed
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  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.”
  • John Keats
    “It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.”
  • George Herbert
    “A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.”
  • Ian Williams
    Ian Williams
    “I don't like giving names to generations. It's like trying to read the song title on a record that's spinning.”
  • George Meredith
    “Passions spin the plot: We are betrayed by what is false within.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.”


Spin a yarn - If someone spins a yarn, they tell a story, usually a long or fanciful one.
Spinning a line - When someone spins you a line, they are trying to deceive you by lying.
Spinning a yarn - When someone spins you a yarn, they are trying to deceive you by lying.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. spinnan,; akin to D. & G. spinnen, Icel. & Sw. spinna, Dan. spinde, Goth. spinnan, and probably to E. span,. √170. Cf. Span (v. t.) Spider


In literature:

I canna baith spin an' rin.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
All work, even cotton-spinning, is noble; work is alone noble: be that here said and asserted once more.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
She had to finish spinning Kjersti Hoel's wool.
"Lisbeth Longfrock" by Hans Aanrud
It was a windy day, and the winds, too, had been spinning as it were around the house.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Spin, spin a thousand threads, good little wheel, mutter and hum!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Spinning came under public inspection, and the yarn was collected by officials.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
In the cavern sat an old woman spinning.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
To your spinning, I said.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Learn to spin wool and thread; a spinster can earn money in this way.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
There are, in general, two types of spinning machines.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Came your touch that burned
Eyes and lips and heart;
There were no more dreams
I could spin, apart:
"I Was Still A Child" by Margaret Widdemer
Farewell, Farewell, a long farewell,
Around the room I spin,
And then a fellow with a knife
Smites me below the chin.
"The Epic Of The Hog" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Of minds that are blackened
With crime and with sinning,
That seek to ensnare.
I am tried of the spinning
Of these; — yes, so terribly
Tired of their spinning.
"Catharine Of Arragon" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
To him who plays the violin
All one it is who joins the reel,
Drops from the dance, or enters in;
So that the never-ending wheel
Cease not its mystic course to spin,
For weal or woe, for woe or weal.
"The Lonely Dancer" by Richard Le Gallienne
(An Older Girl sings if)
One came before her and said, beseeching,
"I have fortune and I have lands,
And if you'll share in the goods of my household
All my treasure's at your commands."
"Spinning Songs" by Padraic Colum
The village of Penicuik, with its neighbouring spinning mills,
Is most lovely to see, and the Pentland Hills;
And though of a barren appearance and some parts steep,
They are covered with fine pasture and sustain flocks of sheep.
"Beautiful Village of Penicuik" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

'Spider-Man' deftly spins substance, spectacle.
Demolishing the Banks' Anti-Consumer Spin.
INTERVIEWS Watch Lower Dens Swipe SPIN's Pig in Austin.
The spin from the FC Dallas side of things after Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Los Angeles Galaxy was understandable.
Jon Koessl (33) and Greg Fewer, right, deliver a spinning hit to Hayden Hanks during Friday\'s win over Wolf Point.
'Whip It' movie review: Ellen Page spins in circles in Barrymore's directorial debut.
American Disc Jockey Association goes beyond spinning, mixing music.
Listen to SPIN's premiere of Garbage's May 14 album Not Your Kind of People here now.
Plus read Shirley Manson's SPIN Interview.
As a Republican member of the Board of Finance I would like to clarify a lot of the spin that has been offered by some Trumbull Democrats concerning the town's annual summer concert.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics April jobs report is the latest evidence that, White House spin aside, the US employment picture across all demographic spectrums is grim and getting grimmer.
The clear main event, however, is Christian of Fuxxwiddit who will be spinning for us live, instudio.
N&O Fact Check: 'Laundry' ad puts distorted spin on McCrory's work.
"I woke up one morning, and I rose up, and I was spinning uncontrollably," said avid gardener Shelby Bearden.
Bike Trail Down East Coast Takes a Spin Along the Mall.

In science:

In principle any function of the spin configuration may be written as a sum of 2-spin, 3-spin, and higher interaction terms and used as an energy function.
Metastable configurations of spin models on random graphs
We find that the spin susceptibility is nonuniversal, and the ground state spin-spin correlation is short-ranged, for any randomness and interchain coupling strength.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
FIG. 6: (a) The susceptibility per spin as a function of temperature, (b) the spin-spin correlation along the chain, for α = 0.6 and Λ = 1 with varying system sizes.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
These domain walls each carry spin: The magnitude of the spin on a wall is given by the number of unpaired spin-1/2’s due to the difference of σ across the wall.
Permutation-Symmetric Multicritical Points in Random Antiferromagnetic Spin Chains
Among the universal properties of the random singlet phase are the uniform spin susceptibility: χ ∼ 1/T log2 T , and the disorder averaged spin-spin correlation function: hSi · Sj i ∼ (−1)i−j /(i − j )2 .
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions