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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


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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