spin ( spins plural & 3rd person present) ( spinning present participle) ( spun past tense & past participle )
1 verb If something spins or if you spin it, it turns quickly around a central point.
The latest discs, used for small portable computers, spin 3600 times a minute... V
He spun the wheel sharply and made a U turn in the middle of the road... V n
He spun his car round and went after them. V n round/around
Spin is also a noun., n-var
This driving mode allows you to move off in third gear to reduce wheel-spin in icy conditions.
2 verb When you spin washing, it is turned round and round quickly in a spin drier or a washing machine to get the water out.
Just spin the washing and it's nearly dry. V n
Spin is also a noun., n-sing
Set on a cool wash and finish with a short spin.
3 verb If your head is spinning, you feel unsteady or confused, for example because you are drunk, ill, or excited.
My head was spinning from the wine... V
4 n-sing If someone puts a certain spin on an event or situation, they interpret it and try to present it in a particular way.
INFORMAL with supp
He interpreted the vote as support for the constitution and that is the spin his supporters are putting on the results today.
5 n-uncount In politics, spin is the way in which political parties try to present everything they do in a positive way to the public and the media.
The public is sick of spin and tired of promises. It's time for politicians to act.
6 n-sing If you go for a spin or take a car for a spin, you make a short journey in a car just to enjoy yourself.
7 verb If someone spins a story, they give you an account of something that is untrue or only partly true.
He was surprised, and annoyed that she had spun a story which was too good to be condemned as a simple lie. V n, Also V n n
8 verb When people spin, they make thread by twisting together pieces of a fibre such as wool or cotton using a device or machine.
Michelle will also spin a customer's wool fleece to specification at a cost of $2.25 an ounce. V n
They do their own cooking, spinning, and woodworking.
9 n-uncount In a game such as tennis or cricket, if you put spin on a ball, you deliberately make it spin rapidly when you hit it or throw it.
spin off , spin out phrasal verb To spin off or spin off something such as a company means to create a new company that is separate from the original organization. (BUSINESS)
He rescued the company and later spun off its textile division into a separate company... V P n
Corven plans to help large companies spin out smaller, entrepreneurial firms. V P n spin out
1 phrasal verb If you spin something out, you make it last longer than it normally would.
My wife's solicitor was anxious to spin things out for as long as possible... V n P
The Government will try to spin out the conference into next autumn. V P n (not pron)
spin doctor ( spin doctors plural ) In politics, a spin doctor is someone who is skilled in public relations and who advises political parties on how to present their policies and actions.
spin-off ( spin-offs plural )
1 n-count A spin-off is an unexpected but useful or valuable result of an activity that was designed to achieve something else.
usu with supp, oft N from/of n
The company put out a report on commercial spin-offs from its research.
2 n-count A spin-off is a book, film, or television series that comes after and is related to a successful book, film, or television series.