spin1 S3 past tense and past participle spun present participle spinning
to turn around and around very quickly, or to make something do this:
turn around[intransitive and transitive]
The plane's propellers were spinning.
spin (something/somebody) around
She grabbed Norm's arm and spun him around to face her.
2 also the room is spinning
if your head or the room is spinning, you feel as if you might faint (=become unconscious) because you are shocked, excited, or drunk:
I was pouring with sweat, and my head was spinning.
The room started to spin.
to describe a situation or information in a way that is intended to influence the way people think about it - used especially about what politicians or business people do:
Supporters attempted to spin the bill's defeat to their advantage.
to tell a story, especially using a lot of imagination:
She spun a story about a trip to Athens to meet one of the authors.
to make cotton, wool etc into thread by twisting it
wool/cotton[intransitive and transitive]TIM
to drive or travel quickly [= speed]
drive[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] written
spin past/along etc
Barbara spun past in her new sportscar.
7 American English
to continue trying to do something without having any success:
I felt like I was just spinning my wheels trying to make him understand.
to get water out of clothes using a machine after you have washed them
wet clothes[transitive] British EnglishDHC
if a spider or insect spins a web or cocoon, it produces thread to make it
spin offphrasal verb
to make part of a company into a separate and partly independent company, or to become a separate company
spin something ↔ off
At the time of the merger, Loral spun off its space divisions into a separate firm.
spin off from
Lucent spun off from AT&T in 1995.
spin outphrasal verb
1 British English
to make something continue for longer than is necessary [= drag out]:
I'm paid by the hour, so I spin the work out as long as I can.
to use money, food etc as carefully and slowly as possible, because you do not have very much of it
spin something ↔ outBritish English
spin something ↔ out over
I've only got £10 left, so we'll have to spin it out over the whole week.
3 American English
if a car spins out, the driver loses control of it and the car spins around