Spin - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spɪn|  American pronunciation of the word spin
Brit.  |spɪn|  British pronunciation of the word spin
irregular verb:  p.t. — spun  p.p. — spun


- a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
- the act of rotating rapidly (syn: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl)
he gave the crank a spin
- a short drive in a car
he took the new car for a spin
- rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral (syn: tailspin)
- a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)
the campaign put a favorable spin on the story


- revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis (syn: gyrate, reel, whirl)
- stream in jets, of liquids
- cause to spin (syn: twirl, whirl)
spin a coin
- make up a story
spin a yarn
- form a web by making a thread
spiders spin a fine web
- work natural fibers into a thread
spin silk
- twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing
- prolong or extend (syn: spin out)
spin out a visit

Extra examples

The car hit a patch of ice and spun into the wall.

The children were spinning a top.

I tried to stand up but the room was spinning.

She spun the silk into thread.

They spun the wool into yarn.

The ice-skater executed graceful jumps and spins.

A baseball thrown with spin is harder to hit.

She put spin on the ball.

The bowler put a sideways spin on the ball.

Each author puts a new spin on the story.

They claim to report the news with no spin.

He took me for a spin in his new car.

Would you like to go for a spin?

The propeller was spinning slowly.

He spun round at the sound of his name.

Phrasal verbs

spin off  — produce as a consequence of something larger
spin out  — prolong or extend

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spin
he/she/it: spins
present participle: spinning
past tense: spun
past participle: spun
singular: spin
plural: spins
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