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Etymology 1

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From Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan, from Proto-Germanic *spinnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)penh₁-. Compare Low German spinnen, Dutch spinnen, German spinnen, Danish spinde, Swedish spinna.

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spin (third-person singular simple present spins, present participle spinning, simple past spun or (uncommon) span or (nonstandard) spinned, past participle spun or (nonstandard) spinned)

  1. (ergative) To rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly); to partially or completely rotate to face another direction.
    I spun myself around a few times.
    Spin the ball on the floor.
    She spun around and gave him a big smile.
    1. (aviation, of an aircraft) To enter, or remain in, a spin (abnormal stalled flight mode).
    2. (aviation, of a pilot) To cause one's aircraft to enter or remain in a spin (abnormal stalled flight mode).
    • 1855, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Hiawatha’s Fasting”, in The Song of Hiawatha, Boston: Ticknor and Fields, page 76:
      Round about him spun the landscape, / Sky and forest reeled together, / And his strong heart leaped within him, / As the sturgeon leaps and struggles / In a net to break its meshes.
  2. (transitive) To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together.
    They spin the cotton into thread.
    • 1718, Matthew Prior, “Solomon on the Vanity of the World”, in Poems on Several Occasions, volume II, Dublin: George Grierson, published 1738, book I, page 115:
      Along the Sunny Bank, or Wat’ry Mead, / Ten thouſand Stalks their various Bloſſoms ſpread : / Peaceful and lowly in their native Soil, / They neither know to ſpin, nor care to toil ; / Yet with confeſs’d Magnificence deride / Our vile Attire, and Impotence of Pride.
  3. (figurative) To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant, so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
    Synonyms: whitewash, sugarcoat, put lipstick on, gild, blandish, dress up
    • 1643, John Milton, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce:
      But because he is but briefe, and these things of great consequence not to be kept obscure, I shall conceave it nothing above my duty either for the difficulty or the censure that may passe thereon, to communicate such thoughts as I also have had, and do offer them now in this generall labour of reformation, to the candid view both of Church and Magistrate; especially because I see it the hope of good men, that those irregular and unspirituall Courts have spun their utmost date in this Land; and some beter course must now be constituted.
    • 2006 February 9, “The Politics of Science”, in The Washington Post[1], page A22:
      In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end.
    • 2021 July 31, Lisa Lerer, Nicholas Fandos, “Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      This past week [] Republicans completed their journey through the looking-glass, spinning a new counternarrative of that deadly day.
  4. (cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
  5. (cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
  6. (cooking) To form into thin strips or ribbons, as with sugar
  7. To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, etc.) from threads produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid, which hardens on coming into contact with the air; said of the spider, the silkworm, etc.
  8. To shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal revolves, as in a lathe.
  9. To move swiftly.
    to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
  10. To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet.
    Blood spins from a vein.
    • 1599 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene ii], page 86, column 1:
      Mount them, and make inciſion in their Hides, / That their hot blood may ſpin in Engliſh eyes, / And doubt them with ſuperfluous courage : ha.
  11. (computing, programming, intransitive) To wait in a loop until some condition becomes true.
  12. (transitive, informal) To play (vinyl records, etc.) as a disc jockey.
    • 2002, CMJ New Music Report, volume 70, number 12:
      However, for the past six years he has been spinning his novel blend of progressive house and trance music and is finally on the brink of becoming the next luminary DJ.
  13. (cycling, intransitive)
    1. To use an exercise bicycle, especially as part of a gym class.
    2. To ride a bicycle at a fast cadence.
  14. (UK, law enforcement, slang, transitive) To search rapidly.
    • 2013, Nick Oldham, Psycho Alley:
      But then again, unless someone struck lucky in those first few hours, there weren't even enough detectives to spin a drum [house].
  15. (transitive) To draw out tediously; prolong.
    Synonym: spin out
  16. (fishing) To fish with a swivel or spoonbait.
  17. (archaic, transitive, slang) To reject at an examination; to fail (a student).
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spin (countable and uncountable, plural spins)

  1. Rapid circular motion.
    The car went into a spin.
    The skaters demonstrated their spins.
    He put some spin on the cue ball.
  2. A state of confusion or disorientation.
    My mind was in a spin.
  3. (quantum mechanics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
  4. A novel, creative variation of an existing thing or type; a twist.
    • 1991 August 10, Michael Bronski, “'I Know You Are, But What Am I?'”, in Gay Community News, volume 19, number 4, page 1:
      The media has been having a field day not only with the usual tired homophobic innuendos (which one has come to expect) but with new spins on queer bashing that might even seem inventive if they were not so hateful.
  5. (countable, uncountable) A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
    Coordinate terms: coloration, distortion, propaganda
    Try to put a positive spin on the disappointing sales figures.
    The politician was mocked in the press for his reliance on spin rather than facts.
    • 2022 January 26, Paul Stephen, “Network News: Government's IRP claims condemned as "dishonest"”, in RAIL, number 949, page 7:
      He added: "We've always had spin, especially from Government. But this is not spin. This is dishonesty and so it's our rail media's urgent responsibility to call it out because non-specialist journalists across the country will report this and gradually these untruths will be accepted.
  6. (sports) Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
    Synonym: (informal) swazz
  7. (aviation) A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing, and rolling in a spinning motion.
  8. (mechanical engineering) An abnormal condition in journal bearings where the bearing seizes to the rotating shaft and rotates inside the journal, destroying both the shaft and the journal.
  9. A brief trip by vehicle, especially one made for pleasure.
    I'm off out for a spin in my new sports car.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      Time is running out, so I renounce a spin on a Class 387 for a fast run to Paddington on another Class 800 - a shame as the weather was perfect for pictures. Even so, it's enjoyable - boy, can those trains shift under the wires.
  10. A bundle of spun material; a mass of strands and filaments.
  11. A single play of a record; especially, one broadcast by a radio station.
    Let's give this classic LP another spin.
    • 1996, Billboard, volume 108, number 12, page 37:
      Although the Loveless title showed the smallest increase in airplay in the top 10, its number of detections outpaced the nearest bulleted title by more than 350 spins.
  12. (dated) An unmarried woman; a spinster.
    • 1893, Bithia Mary Croker, "To Let" in "To Let" etc., Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1906, p. 1, [3]
      Some years ago, when I was a slim young spin, I came out to India to live with my brother Tom []
  13. (uncountable) The use of an exercise bicycle, especially as part of a gym class.
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Etymology 2

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spin (plural spins)

  1. (nautical) Short for spinnaker.
    • 2021 22 April, “jdale” (username), Course for Catastrophe, chapter 4:
      “Frank!” Joe yelled. “Run the spin halyard to the cabin-top winch and pass me the free end!”

Etymology 3

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Shortening of special interest.

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spin (plural spins)

  1. (informal, used among autistic people) Special interest of an autistic person.

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Dutch

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Etymology 1

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From Middle Dutch spinne.

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spin f (plural spinnen, diminutive spinnetje n)

  1. spider, member of the order Araneae
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Etymology 2

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Borrowed from English spin.

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spin m (plural spins)

  1. (physics) particle spin
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Etymology 3

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Borrowed from English spin.

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spin m (uncountable)

  1. political spin, media spin
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Etymology 4

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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spin

  1. inflection of spinnen:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. imperative

Faroese

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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spin n (genitive singular spins, uncountable)

  1. sperm

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Declension of spin (singular only)
n3s singular
indefinite definite
nominative spin spinið
accusative spin spinið
dative spini spininum
genitive spins spinsins

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Finnish

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Etymology

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Borrowed from English spin.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈspin/, [ˈs̠pin]
  • Rhymes: -in
  • Syllabification(key): spin

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spin

  1. (physics) spin

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Inflection of spin (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative spin spinit
genitive spinin spinien
partitive spiniä spinejä
illative spiniin spineihin
singular plural
nominative spin spinit
accusative nom. spin spinit
gen. spinin
genitive spinin spinien
partitive spiniä spinejä
inessive spinissä spineissä
elative spinistä spineistä
illative spiniin spineihin
adessive spinillä spineillä
ablative spiniltä spineiltä
allative spinille spineille
essive spininä spineinä
translative spiniksi spineiksi
abessive spinittä spineittä
instructive spinein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of spin (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative spinini spinini
accusative nom. spinini spinini
gen. spinini
genitive spinini spinieni
partitive spiniäni spinejäni
inessive spinissäni spineissäni
elative spinistäni spineistäni
illative spiniini spineihini
adessive spinilläni spineilläni
ablative spiniltäni spineiltäni
allative spinilleni spineilleni
essive spininäni spineinäni
translative spinikseni spineikseni
abessive spinittäni spineittäni
instructive
comitative spineineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative spinisi spinisi
accusative nom. spinisi spinisi
gen. spinisi
genitive spinisi spiniesi
partitive spiniäsi spinejäsi
inessive spinissäsi spineissäsi
elative spinistäsi spineistäsi
illative spiniisi spineihisi
adessive spinilläsi spineilläsi
ablative spiniltäsi spineiltäsi
allative spinillesi spineillesi
essive spininäsi spineinäsi
translative spiniksesi spineiksesi
abessive spinittäsi spineittäsi
instructive
comitative spineinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative spinimme spinimme
accusative nom. spinimme spinimme
gen. spinimme
genitive spinimme spiniemme
partitive spiniämme spinejämme
inessive spinissämme spineissämme
elative spinistämme spineistämme
illative spiniimme spineihimme
adessive spinillämme spineillämme
ablative spiniltämme spineiltämme
allative spinillemme spineillemme
essive spininämme spineinämme
translative spiniksemme spineiksemme
abessive spinittämme spineittämme
instructive
comitative spineinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative spininne spininne
accusative nom. spininne spininne
gen. spininne
genitive spininne spinienne
partitive spiniänne spinejänne
inessive spinissänne spineissänne
elative spinistänne spineistänne
illative spiniinne spineihinne
adessive spinillänne spineillänne
ablative spiniltänne spineiltänne
allative spinillenne spineillenne
essive spininänne spineinänne
translative spiniksenne spineiksenne
abessive spinittänne spineittänne
instructive
comitative spineinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative spininsä spininsä
accusative nom. spininsä spininsä
gen. spininsä
genitive spininsä spiniensä
partitive spiniään
spiniänsä
spinejään
spinejänsä
inessive spinissään
spinissänsä
spineissään
spineissänsä
elative spinistään
spinistänsä
spineistään
spineistänsä
illative spiniinsä spineihinsä
adessive spinillään
spinillänsä
spineillään
spineillänsä
ablative spiniltään
spiniltänsä
spineiltään
spineiltänsä
allative spinilleen
spinillensä
spineilleen
spineillensä
essive spininään
spininänsä
spineinään
spineinänsä
translative spinikseen
spiniksensä
spineikseen
spineiksensä
abessive spinittään
spinittänsä
spineittään
spineittänsä
instructive
comitative spineineen
spineinensä

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French

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Borrowed from English spin.

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spin m (plural spins)

  1. (physics) spin

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Friulian

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From Latin spīnus.

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spin m (plural spins)

  1. thorn bush
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Cognate with Kokborok siping (sesame).

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spin

  1. sesame

Hungarian

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Etymology

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From English spin.[1]

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spin (plural spinek)

  1. (physics) spin (quantum angular momentum)

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Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative spin spinek
accusative spint spineket
dative spinnek spineknek
instrumental spinnel spinekkel
causal-final spinért spinekért
translative spinné spinekké
terminative spinig spinekig
essive-formal spinként spinekként
essive-modal
inessive spinben spinekben
superessive spinen spineken
adessive spinnél spineknél
illative spinbe spinekbe
sublative spinre spinekre
allative spinhez spinekhez
elative spinből spinekből
delative spinről spinekről
ablative spintől spinektől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
spiné spineké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
spinéi spinekéi
Possessive forms of spin
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. spinem spinjeim
2nd person sing. spined spinjeid
3rd person sing. spinje spinjei
1st person plural spinünk spinjeink
2nd person plural spinetek spinjeitek
3rd person plural spinjük spinjeik

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  1. ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN

Italian

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English spin.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈspin/
  • Rhymes: -in
  • Hyphenation: spìn

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spin m (invariable)

  1. (physics) spin (an electron's quantum angular momentum)

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Middle English

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spin

  1. Alternative form of spyne

Polish

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Etymology 1

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Borrowed from English spin, from Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan, from Proto-Germanic *spinnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)penh₁-.

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spin m inan

  1. (physics) spin (quantum angular momentum)
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adjective

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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spin f

  1. genitive plural of spina

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  • spin in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • spin in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

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Unadapted borrowing from English spin.

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spin m (plural spins)

  1. (physics) spin (quantum angular momentum of subatomic particles)

Romanian

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Inherited from Latin spīnus, from spīna, from Proto-Italic *speinā, from Proto-Indo-European *spey- (sharp point). Compare Aromanian schin.

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spin m (plural spini)

  1. thorn
    Synonyms: ghimpe, aculeu

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Scots

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spin (plural spins)

  1. (Southern Scots) Alternative form of spuin

Spanish

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Alternative forms

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Unadapted borrowing from English spin.

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spin m (plural spines)

  1. (physics) spin (quantum angular momentum of subatomic particles)

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According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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spin c (plural spinnen, diminutive spintsje)

  1. spider

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  • spin”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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