Wednesday, June 17, 2009
spin n. [spɪn] spins
1. A swift whirling motion (usually of a missile).
2. The act of rotating rapidly: “he gave the crank a spin”; Synonyms: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl.
spin v. [spɪn] spun ◊ spinning ◊ spins
1. To revolve quickly and repeatedly around one’s own axis; Synonyms: spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate.
2. To work natural fibers into a thread: “spin silk.”
3. To form a web by making a thread, as of spiders.
4. To prolong or extend: “spin out a visit”; Synonyms: spin out.
5. To make up a story, as in “spin a yarn.”
6. To stream in jets, of liquids: “The creek spun its course through the woods.”
spin doctor n.
A spokesperson for a political party or candidate who tries to forestall negative publicity.
spin dryer (or drier) n.
A machine that uses centrifugal motion to dry the clothes that are put into it;
spin the bottle n.
A game in which a player spins a bottle and kisses the person that it points to when it stops spinning.
spin the plate n.
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; Synonyms: spin the platter.
spin off v. [spɪn ɔːf]
To produce as a consequence or an unplanned result.
spin a yarn v.expr.
To tell a story, esp. a long or fabulous tale.
spin-dry v. [spɪn draɪ]
To dry by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces; as of clothes.