/spɪn / (say spin)

verb (spun or, Archaic, span, spun, spinning)
verb (t)
1. to make (yarn) by drawing out, twisting, and winding fibres.
2. to form (any material) into thread.
3. (of spiders, silkworms, etc.) to produce (a thread, cobweb, gossamer, silk, etc.) by extruding from the body a long, slender filament of a natural viscous matter that hardens in the air.
4. to cause to turn round rapidly, as on an axis; twirl; whirl: to spin a coin on a table.
5. to play (a record or CD).
6. (of a DJ) to use (records) in the creation of dance music.
7. (in sheet metalwork) to shape into hollow, rounded form, during rotation on a lathe or wheel, by pressure with a suitable tool.
8. to produce, fabricate, or evolve in a manner suggestive of spinning thread, as a story.
9. Colloquial to give a desired slant to (a story) in the media so as to ensure a good reception from the public.
a. Cricket (of a bowler) to cause (the ball) to revolve on its axis so that on bouncing it changes direction or speed.
b. Tennis, etc. to hit (the ball) so that it behaves thus.
11. Two-up to toss (the coins).
verb (i)
12. to turn round rapidly, as on an axis, as the earth, a top, etc.
13. to produce a thread from the body, as spiders, silkworms, etc.
14. to move, go, run, ride, or travel rapidly.
15. to be affected with a sensation of whirling, as the head.
16. to fish with a spinning or revolving bait.
17. the act of causing a spinning or whirling motion.
18. a playing of a record or CD.
19. Two-up the tossing of the coins into the air: I'll bet on the next spin.
20. a spinning motion given to a ball or the like when thrown or struck.
21. Aeronautics a condition of stalled flight in which the aircraft is rotating about all its axes simultaneously; tailspin.
22. a moving or going rapidly along.
23. a rapid run, ride, drive, or the like, as for exercise or enjoyment.
24. the exercise of pedalling on a stationary exercise bike.
25. Physics the angular momentum of a molecule, atom, or particle, when it has no velocity of translation.
26. Colloquial a state of confusion or excitement.
27. Colloquial experience or chance generally: a rough spin; a fair spin.
28. Colloquial the particular slant deliberately given to a media story so as to achieve the desired outcome in terms of public awareness and acceptance.
29. a rough spin, Colloquial a bad experience; unfair treatment. {Phrase Origin: from two-up, where the spin is the toss of the coins, and thence signifies a run of luck}
30. spin a yarn,
a. to tell a tale.
b. to tell a false or improbable story or version of an event.
31. spin out,
a. to draw out, protract, or prolong: to spin out a story tediously.
b. to spend (time, one's life, etc.).
c. to make last, as money; eke out.
d. Colloquial to lose control of a vehicle with the result that the vehicle spins off the road.
e. Colloquial to have an extreme reaction; lose control of oneself.
f. Two-up to lose the right to continue spinning the coins by throwing a pair of tails.
32. spin someone out, Colloquial to cause someone to feel extremely apprehensive.
{Middle English spinne(n), Old English spinnan}
[c]/spɪn / (say spin)

noun Colloquial
1. (formerly) the sum of £5.
2. the sum of $5.
3. Prison a prison sentence of five years' duration.
{abbreviation spinnaker}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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