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English noun: spin

1. spin (event) a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)


Broader (hypernym)gyration, revolution, rotation


Narrower (hyponym)backspin, English, side, topspin

2. spin (act) the act of rotating rapidly


SamplesHe gave the crank a spin.
It broke off after much twisting.


Synonymstwirl, twist, twisting, whirl


Broader (hypernym)rotary motion, rotation


Narrower (hyponym)birling, logrolling, pirouette

3. spin (act) a short drive in a car


SamplesHe took the new car for a spin.


Broader (hypernym)drive, ride

4. spin (act) rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral


Synonymstailspin


Broader (hypernym)acrobatics, aerobatics, stunt flying, stunting

5. spin (act) a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)


SamplesThe campaign put a favorable spin on the story.


Broader (hypernym)interpretation, rendering, rendition


English verb: spin

1. spin (motion) revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis


SamplesThe dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy.


ExamplesThe coins spin , These balls spin easily


Synonymsgyrate, reel, spin around, whirl


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go around, revolve, rotate


Narrower (hyponym)whirligig

2. spin (motion) stream in jets, of liquids


SamplesThe creek spun its course through the woods.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)stream, well out


Narrower (hyponym)centrifugate, centrifuge

3. spin (motion) cause to spin


SamplesSpin a coin.


ExamplesThey spin the coin


Synonymsbirl, twirl, whirl


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)circumvolve, rotate

4. spin (creation) make up a story


SamplesSpin a yarn.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture

5. spin (creation) form a web by making a thread


SamplesSpiders spin a fine web.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff


Entailextrude, squeeze out

6. spin (contact) work natural fibers into a thread


SamplesSpin silk.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)distort, twine, twist

7. spin (communication) twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation


SamplesThe President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay out, present, represent


Narrower (hyponym)sugarcoat

8. spin (change) prolong or extend


SamplesSpin out a visit.


Synonymsspin out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)draw out, extend, prolong, protract









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