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1 a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
2 the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting" [syn: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl]
3 a short drive in a car; "he took the new car for a spin"
4 rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral [syn: tailspin]
5 a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"


1 revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy" [syn: spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate]
2 stream in jets, of liquids; "The creek spun its course through the woods"
3 cause to spin; "spin a coin" [syn: whirl, birl, twirl]
4 make up a story; "spin a yarn"
5 form a web by making a thread; "spiders spin a fine web"
6 work natural fibers into a thread; "spin silk"
7 twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrasing"
8 prolong or extend; "spin out a visit" [syn: spin out] [also: spun, spinning]spinning adj : rotating rapidly about an axis; "a spinning top"; "the whirling dance of the Dervish" [syn: whirling] n : creating threadspinning See spin

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  1. Rapidly rotating on an axis; whirling.


rapidly rotating on an axis; whirling


  1. The process of converting fibres into yarn or thread.


process of converting fibres into yarn or thread


  1. present participle of spin

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spinning in Czech: Spin
spinning in German: Spin (Begriffsklärung)
spinning in French: Spin (homonymie)
spinning in Dutch: Spin
spinning in Japanese: スピン
spinning in Low German: Spin
spinning in Polish: Spin
spinning in Slovak: Spin

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