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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
spin
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a concentration span (=the length of time that you are able to concentrate)
▪ Young children have a short concentration span.
a spider spins/weaves a web (=makes a network of threads)
▪ A spider had spun a web between the bars of the gate.
a wheel spins (=turns around quickly, when the vehicle is not going along)
▪ The rear wheels spun in the sand.
attention span
▪ Children often have a short attention span.
short attention span
▪ Children often have a short attention span.
spick and span
spin doctor
▪ White House spin doctors
spinning wheel
spinning...web
▪ He watched a spider spinning its web.
spin...yarn (=tell)
▪ The old captain would often spin us a yarn about life aboard ship.
spun out of control
▪ The car spun out of control and hit a tree.
time span
▪ It’s difficult to imagine a time span of a million years.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
around
▪ She spun around to watch the coin splash, but it was too late.
▪ She spun around on the porch and glared back at the open window.
▪ On the far side of the street he spun around, starring into the distance to watch for cabs.
▪ The stammering policeman spun around, tripped on the rusty pot, and all but crashed to the ground.
▪ With a snarl, Fox spun around and slapped him, harder than necessary.
▪ He stumbled, but before he could fall, he was spun around and Buck Leeper grabbed him by his lapel.
▪ He puts it on his head and spins around in one motion.
▪ Gao Ma spun around and climbed up on to the wall.
away
▪ Then the ball would drop quickly and spin away.
▪ The walls of the room spun away from us and out into space.
▪ But then the Triad thug was falling backward, the knife spinning away harmlessly through the air.
▪ She spun away like a top.
▪ He died for hours, shattering, fragmenting, spinning away over the tiles.
▪ All of family life had spun away from me.
▪ While it spun away, Clare had time to take in the appearance of the room.
back
▪ His face spun back in a whirlpool of anger.
▪ I worked hard at the mission house, holding on to the labor to keep from spinning back into myself.
off
▪ PacTel spun off its wireless operations, into AirTouch Communications, in a much-debated move.
▪ The company already spun off Case Corp., which makes agricultural and industrial equipment.
▪ Axcelis entered the market July 11, spun off from Eaton Corp., a Cleveland manufacturing company.
▪ As part of the corporate restructuring of the 1980s, May sold Caldor in 1989 and then spun off Venture in 1990.
▪ I made it to the jeep but the earth was spinning off its axis.
out
▪ In a world increasingly spinning out of control he finds few, if any, heroes.
▪ Meanwhile, we spun out and came to rest with the car still running.
▪ Or else she could spin out the repair until it was too late and they had to get somebody else.
▪ Perhaps the moon would spin out of its orbit and come crashing into the earth.
▪ The huge variety of shapes is partly fashion and partly an attempt to avoid a phenomenon known as spin out.
▪ But everything spun out of control.
▪ Apart from the interest charges involved, the longer a defendant can spin out the negotiations the better.
▪ Then I find them spun out.
round
▪ They spun round undisturbed in front of the nuclear power stations for several hours.
▪ The others had spun round, and the short sticks they were holding had belched terrifying thunderclaps and flashes of bright flame.
▪ Kicking down the side-rest as he jumped clear, he spun round in time to see Mariana slide down the bank.
▪ She spun round as he strolled into view behind her.
▪ Flight rather weak, but buoyant swimmers, like tiny gulls, often spinning round in circles and picking insects off surface.
▪ The barrels are spun round and heavy firing pins ignite each charge in turn, unleashing a volley of shots.
▪ She spun round and brought one heel down with tremendous force on to his outstretched hand.
▪ Plummer spun round, almost dropping the bottle and his glass.
■ NOUN
ball
▪ He spins the ball well, and is very impressive indeed.
▪ Or four men round the bat, off-spinners spinning the ball the other way.
▪ He began to move, spinning quickly on the ball of his right foot.
▪ At his best he does not spin the ball sharply, or get it to dip in, la Warne.
car
▪ Oscar Hansen has seen a lot of cars almost spin Out on the long turn and come up through his barbed wire.
▪ Cheek said one driver had lost control of his car and spun out, rolling down an embankment, but was unhurt.
▪ The car spun, the tires singing.
control
▪ In a world increasingly spinning out of control he finds few, if any, heroes.
▪ But everything spun out of control.
▪ The government called the plan dangerous, unconstitutional and liable to spin out of control.
▪ Schuster -- is spinning out of control, driven by the mercurial ambitions of the 72-year-old Redstone.
▪ Apparently, Marr had been driving with his wife when he spun out of control and smashed into a brick wall.
▪ He was, he had to admit, spinning out of control and leaving the road.
▪ There is also the danger that small, local agreements spin out of control as trade imbalances grow among their signatories.
▪ Is the government allowing social spending to spin out of control beyond the means of the taxpayers?
earth
▪ The Earth also spins, quickly enough to ensure that the nights are not too cold, nor the days too hot.
▪ The collision caused the earth to spin, giving us day and night.
▪ Time is infinite - the earth spins on.
▪ The Earth spins on an axis, creating north and south poles.
▪ I made it to the jeep but the earth was spinning off its axis.
head
▪ I laid there for a second, and when I tried to get up, my head was just spinning.
▪ Tug caught his breath and his head spun.
▪ Women carne into his office and laid out narratives that left his head spinning.
▪ My shirt is soaked through, my head is spinning.
▪ I was pouring with sweat, and my head was spinning.
▪ He puts it on his head and spins around in one motion.
▪ She rested, her head spinning.
heel
▪ Then he spun on his heel and stalked off round the side of the cart.
▪ John spun on his heel and ran back to the banister, his fist closing on empty air behind the moving figure.
▪ Duvall was jerked away from Jimmy, spinning on his heels so that he was facing the office door again.
plan
▪ Tenneco plans to spin off its shipbuilding unit by issuing separately traded shares in a new shipbuilding company to Tenneco shareholders.
room
▪ Sarah felt as if the room was spinning round, fearing that everyone would glance in her direction.
▪ The walls of the room spun away from us and out into space.
▪ She is said to be bricked up in her room, spinning her hand loom for all eternity.
▪ I remember staggering to bed, but the room continued to spin, leaving me nauseated and frightened.
▪ He was deadly pale, and he felt the room spinning round him.
▪ I could see the room beginning to spin as though I had had a dreadful shock or a moment of unbearable fear.
▪ During my stay with Gandhi in 1946, I entered his room while he was spinning.
story
▪ Joe was in top form, spinning stories, issuing pronunciamentos, dropping withering quips at every opportunity.
tale
▪ But Riva still spins her tales, for Rainbow's ears alone.
thread
▪ He should have read the writing on the machine they gave him to spin the golden thread.
▪ They were three, Clotho, the Spinner, who spun the thread of life.
▪ These were similar to miniature flywheels and added extra momentum while spinning the thread.
▪ The daughters of the night, they were Clotho, who spun the thread of life.
▪ One spun the thread of life, the second measured it and the third cut it.
top
▪ Obviously, any knock could send her mind spinning like a top.
▪ Inside a yellow barn set in rolling green hills, 10 Sufis spin like synchronized tops across the wooden floor.
▪ Sandro Botticelli s chart of hell is like a mushroom cloud or a child s spinning top.
▪ She spun away like a top.
▪ And that little boy spun around like a top.
▪ He spun tops and played with rubber balloons.
unit
▪ Tenneco plans to spin off its shipbuilding unit by issuing separately traded shares in a new shipbuilding company to Tenneco shareholders.
web
▪ Tiny, beautiful spiders, infused with an inner light, spinning their vast webs across the endless darkness.
▪ And when they could, they bought me what I needed to spin my web.
▪ Campbell was arrogant and weak and he spun a web of desperate lies around himself and both women.
▪ He hid in an abandoned dwelling, where a spider spun its web across the entrance, fooling the mob.
▪ He spun his web and ran there and here in scummy clothes with bloodshot eyeballs.
wheel
▪ Cesar threw half a dozen steering wheels, spinning like quoits, and then the saddle.
▪ The great moment comes while the wheel is spinning, and he does not yet know the outcome.
▪ There is also a slippage control which automatically cuts power if the wheels begin to spin under harsh acceleration.
▪ Dan lay on his back in the grass with his bike alongside him, wheels still spinning.
▪ The rear wheels of the Fiesta spun, trying to gain purchase in the sucking ooze.
▪ They also like to up-end push and pull toys for imaginary mending, and wheels can be spun at different speeds.
▪ In the distance, ponies in long-shafted light chariots trotted at a spanking pace, the wheels spinning around.
yarn
▪ Corso is no dope, and he spins a fascinating yarn.
▪ In wintertime the spinners gathered together in their cottages to spin and knit the yarn.
▪ Our women spun fine yarns in their own cottages, and supplemented the earnings of their husbands....
▪ It may be a contradiction in textile terms but these weavers spin a good yarn.
▪ She liked to spin yarn, sing, and dance.
▪ He could spin a yarn, and you had to take what he said with a pinch of salt.
▪ The extra strength of synthetic fibre allows Evergreen to spin finer yarns with efficiency.
■ VERB
begin
▪ As he glanced up, the green canopy began to spin.
▪ When Frank began to spin me around, I spun on.
▪ Medoc had begun to spin the Draoicht Suan, the ancient and powerful Enchantment of Slumber.
▪ There is also a slippage control which automatically cuts power if the wheels begin to spin under harsh acceleration.
▪ Stories can be begun from scratch or spun off samples.
▪ The aircraft began spinning to the right and crashed on the roadway, receiving substantial damage.
▪ I could feel my head begin to spin.
send
▪ It performed a Velcro impersonation, sending me spinning right back down to the pitch below.
▪ Obviously, any knock could send her mind spinning like a top.
start
▪ By her own testimony she exited when it started spinning out of control.
▪ I moved the bum leg then, limped toward the door, and I started to spin.
▪ So pull on those thinking caps, get the vinyl out of the closet and start spinning those records.
▪ Stevie would start spinning stuff out of whole cloth to Bill, and before long, the whole camp would fall silent.
▪ Near as we can tell, it was Boyd himself who started spinning that scenario.
try
▪ Note how this time the glider has a very pronounced inner wing-drop at the stall and tries to spin.
▪ You then sweep hard into the pad and try to spin your partner without leaning forwards or over-committing yourself.
▪ Sarella tried to spin from his grasp, and he let her go as if surprised to see her move so quickly.
watch
▪ She flung the fragment of saucer as far as she could, watching it spinning against the sky.
▪ Sensing she was being watched, she spun round to face the doorway, the Beretta gripped tightly at arm's length.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
spin like a top
▪ And then the Alouette was spinning like a top and curving off over the Aegean.
▪ Obviously, any knock could send her mind spinning like a top.
turn/spin on your heel
▪ Seifert turned on his heels and stomped away in anger.
▪ Cooper turned on his heels and walked away.
▪ He turned on his heel and went into the dining room.
▪ I turned on my heel and left the room.
▪ She turned on her heel and vanished into the murk.
▪ Suddenly, the boar had been faced with a cliff too steep to climb and had turned on its heel.
▪ Then she turned on her heel and we marched back down the hall.
▪ Then, without a word, he turned on his heel and left the room.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Spin the wheel of the bicycle to make sure that it is fastened correctly.
▪ He spun the dial on the padlock right, then left, then right again.
▪ I sat back and watched the ceiling fan spin above me.
▪ On the sidewalk, children took turns spinning a top.
▪ The boy was spinning around in his father's desk chair.
▪ The ice skater began to spin faster and faster.
▪ The village has a reputation for spinning fine wool yarn.
▪ The wheels where spinning in the mud, but the car wouldn't move.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ November 21 A whirlpool of mutual hatred With accelerating fury the Middle East's cycle of violence spins.
▪ They spun round undisturbed in front of the nuclear power stations for several hours.
▪ They simply spin a silken sling to attach themselves to a twig.
▪ We spin on an axis, or tilt, of about 23. 5 degrees from the sun.
▪ Witnesses recalled a clap of wood and the sight of Bailey plunging toward the ground, then his dangling body spinning hard.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
good
▪ He puts a good spin on things.
▪ Morris immediately began putting the best possible spin on his predicament.
▪ Instead, outside Tufnell and Emburey, he forms with Jeremy Batty the best spin partnership in county cricket.
head
▪ Just to dream of their stimulating discussions was enough to make his head spin.
▪ Hope was making my head spin.
▪ The figures were enough to make her head spin.
new
▪ Some have been due to the aircraft getting into a new mode of spin, but others have been due to poor recovery techniques.
▪ A win will prove them wrong and put a whole new spin on this season.
▪ Lively in flavor but quick to prepare, this chicken dish gives a new spin to the traditional grilled fare.
positive
▪ There could be a positive spin to it because now you can keep an eye on Hurley for us.
top
▪ Borg himself revolutionised the game with his two-handed backhand and top spin from either side.
▪ As a young player I look for subtlety and skill, not big top spin shots all the time.
▪ The position of left hand imparts top spin to ball.
■ NOUN
axis
▪ Its distance from the planet's spin axis must therefore be decreasing.
▪ Radar observations have also shown that the inclination of the spin axis is less than 3°.
▪ This shows the simple case of a spin axis which is perpendicular to the line of sight.
bowler
▪ The visitors made 91-9 and Newtown spin bowler Keith Harding took 7 wickets for 41.
▪ A nimble slip fielder and occasional spin bowler, he played for Suffolk in 1938 and 1939 after leaving Hampshire.
▪ Throughout the 1930s he emerged as one of the classic left-hand spin bowlers of all time.
control
▪ So far, that spin control does not seem to have succeeded.
doctor
▪ It will take a masterly spin doctor to conjure upbeat images from a bleak Kansas youth.
▪ They can stop hiring self-promoting celebrity spin doctors.
▪ The election was won despite the spin doctors.
▪ For months, the spin doctors relied on the training imparted at such teaching hospitals as the Downing Street Policy Unit.
▪ The prime minister's spin doctors paid great attention to women's magazines during the run-up to the poll.
▪ Late Victorian spin doctors fretted about the contempt in which the throne was held.
▪ At 46 he's now director of corporate communications at Whitbread's Brewery what others might call a spin doctor.
electron
▪ This is a consequence of electron spin.
▪ Increasingly U-series dates are being used in conjunction with electron spin resonance dates using the same materials.
▪ For the moment just note that electron spin provides a second example of a two-dimensional state vector space in quantum mechanics.
▪ The rules can be divided into those concerned with electron spin and those related to orbital properties.
■ VERB
give
▪ This means that their spins are guaranteed to cancel each other out to give a total spin of zero.
▪ Some readers may give them a moralistic spin, arguing that they prove something essential about gay men or homosexuality or promiscuity.
▪ He is acknowledging things we already know, and giving them his own spin, rather than letting us in on secrets.
▪ Lively in flavor but quick to prepare, this chicken dish gives a new spin to the traditional grilled fare.
go
▪ At four hundred feet he hadn't enough altitude from which he could recover if he went into a spin.
▪ After decent dousing on Splash Mountain, need to go into spin cycle to dry off.
▪ Just one stroke of his quivering oar and the skin of the Thames goes into a spin, eh?
▪ They show what happens when an economy goes into a downward spin.
▪ She, in all her finery, and Levine went up for a spin in a Ford trimotor.
▪ They went into a spin, wheeling head over heels about their warm, wet mutual centre.
▪ It happened so fast that her mind went into a spin, and she reeled dizzily, her gaze unfocused.
make
▪ Just to dream of their stimulating discussions was enough to make his head spin.
▪ But topping the sandwich off with enough shredded lettuce to make Cesar Chavez spin in his grave is not.
▪ The fiery stuff made me gag, and the music made my head spin.
▪ Ask them how the marbles could be used to make the book spin.
▪ Hope was making my head spin.
▪ The figures were enough to make her head spin.
put
▪ He puts a good spin on things.
▪ Nixon lived long enough after his Watergate humiliation to put his own revisionist spin on his history.
▪ A win will prove them wrong and put a whole new spin on this season.
▪ Washington was also eager to put its own spin on the news it was imparting.
▪ Rule No. 1 of scandal hunting is that you must not put an obviously partisan spin on things.
▪ Morris immediately began putting the best possible spin on his predicament.
▪ Another liberty Webster extended to himself was putting his own spin on definitions.
▪ They sat in ragged groups at their foxholes, some of them silent, others putting moral spin on the day.
take
▪ It will take a masterly spin doctor to conjure upbeat images from a bleak Kansas youth.
▪ That would take a spin rate sufficient to shorten the day to something like 2 hours.
▪ Car joy: Prince Charles presented a £54,000 hi-tech van to disabled man who then took him for a spin.
▪ She was obviously impatient to be taken out for a spin even though there was hardly puff enough to stir her anemometer.
▪ As long as your pet is under control you're welcome to take a spin round the store.
▪ I'd like to take it for a spin.
▪ He woke at tea time and took Lily for a spin in the car.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Bicycle riders performed dangerous spins and flips off ramps and curved walls.
▪ He made a quick spin to avoid the oncoming player.
▪ the spin of a propeller
▪ The senator was determined to put a positive spin on the affair.
▪ What we would like to see is more realistic policies and less Labour Party spin.
▪ Whatever spin the government tries to put on it, this can be seen as nothing less that a massive defeat.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A win will prove them wrong and put a whole new spin on this season.
▪ For the moment just note that electron spin provides a second example of a two-dimensional state vector space in quantum mechanics.
▪ Nixon lived long enough after his Watergate humiliation to put his own revisionist spin on his history.
▪ Once again his weakness against spin was exposed when Bandara bowled him with a leg-break.
▪ The tundras will drag you into a spin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spin

Spin \Spin\, n.

  1. The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle. [Colloq.]

  2. (Kinematics) Velocity of rotation about some specified axis.

  3. (Politics) an interpretation of an event which is favorable to the interpreter or to the person s/he supports. A person whose task is to provide such interpretations for public relations purposes is called a spin doctor.

Spin

Spin \Spin\ (sp[i^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spun(Archaic imp. Span); p. pr. & vb. n. Spinning.] [AS. spinnan; akin to D. & G. spinnen, Icel. & Sw. spinna, Dan. spinde, Goth. spinnan, and probably to E. span. [root]170. Cf. Span, v. t., Spider.]

  1. To draw out, and twist into threads, either by the hand or machinery; as, to spin wool, cotton, or flax; to spin goat's hair; to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material.

    All the yarn she [Penelope] spun in Ulysses' absence did but fill Ithaca full of moths.
    --Shak.

  2. To draw out tediously; to form by a slow process, or by degrees; to extend to a great length; -- with out; as, to spin out large volumes on a subject.

    Do you mean that story is tediously spun out?
    --Sheridan.

  3. To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness.

    By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives.
    --L'Estrange.

  4. To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top.

  5. To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, or the like) 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.

  6. (Mech.) 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.

    To spin a yarn (Naut.), to tell a story, esp. a long or fabulous tale.

    To spin hay (Mil.), to twist it into ropes for convenient carriage on an expedition.

    To spin street yarn, to gad about gossiping. [Collog.]

Spin

Spin \Spin\, v. i.

  1. To practice spinning; to work at drawing and twisting threads; to make yarn or thread from fiber; as, the woman knows how to spin; a machine or jenny spins with great exactness.

    They neither know to spin, nor care to toll.
    --Prior.

  2. To move round rapidly; to whirl; to revolve, as a top or a spindle, about its axis.

    Round about him spun the landscape, Sky and forest reeled together.
    --Longfellow.

    With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning about each head.
    --G. W. Cable.

  3. To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet; as, blood spinsfrom a vein.
    --Shak.

  4. To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
spin

Old English spinnan (transitive) "draw out and twist fibers into thread," strong verb (past tense spann, past participle spunnen), from Proto-Germanic *spenwan (cognates: Old Norse and Old Frisian spinna, Danish spinde, Dutch spinnen, Old High German spinnan, German spinnen, Gothic spinnan), from PIE *spen-wo-, from root *(s)pen- "to draw, stretch, spin" (cognates: Armenian henum "I weave;" Greek patos "garment," literally "that which is spun;" Lithuanian pinu "I plait, braid," spandau "I spin;" Middle Welsh cy-ffiniden "spider;" see span (v.)).\n

\nIntransitive senses of "to form threads from fibrous stuff; to twist, writhe" developed in late Old English. Transitive sense of "cause to turn rapidly" is from 1610s; intransitive meaning "revolve, turn around rapidly" first recorded 1660s. Meaning "attempt to influence reporters' minds after an event has taken place but before they have written about it" seems to have risen to popularity in the 1984 U.S. presidential campaign; as in spin doctor, first attested 1984.

spin

1831, "a rapid revolving motion," from spin (v.). Meaning "fairly rapid ride" is from 1856. Sense of "a twisting delivery in throwing or striking a ball" is from 1851. Sense in physics is from 1926. Meaning "act of playing a phonograph record" is from 1977. Meaning "influence imparted by a media source" is from 1984.

Wiktionary
spin
  1. (context cricket English) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling. n. 1 circular motion. 2 (context physics English) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment. 3 A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation. 4 (context sports English) rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces. 5 A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion. 6 A brief trip by vehicle. 7 A bundle of spun material; a mass of strands and filaments. v

  2. 1 (context ergative English) To rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly); to partially or completely rotate to face another direction. 2 (context transitive English) To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together. 3 To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.

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

  2. the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting" [syn: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl]

  3. a short drive in a car; "he took the new car for a spin"

  4. rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral [syn: tailspin]

  5. a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"

  6. [also: spun, spinning]

spin
  1. v. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy" [syn: spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate]

  2. stream in jets, of liquids; "The creek spun its course through the woods"

  3. cause to spin; "spin a coin" [syn: whirl, birl, twirl]

  4. make up a story; "spin a yarn"

  5. form a web by making a thread; "spiders spin a fine web"

  6. work natural fibers into a thread; "spin silk"

  7. twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrasing"

  8. prolong or extend; "spin out a visit" [syn: spin out]

  9. [also: spun, spinning]

Wikipedia
Spin

Spin or spinning may refer to:

Spin (magazine)

Spin is a music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine.

Spin (Darren Hayes album)

Spin is the first solo album released by ex- Savage Garden member Darren Hayes. The album was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and produced by Walter Afanasieff. It was released in Australia in March 2002 and reached the rest of the world later that year. The album has sold over two million copies as of 2011.

Spin (propaganda)

In public relations, Spin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing a biased interpretation of an event or campaigning to persuade public opinion in favor or against some organization or public figure. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, "spin" often implies the use of disingenuous, deceptive, and highly manipulative tactics.

Politicians are often accused by their opponents of claiming to be truthful and seek the truth while using spin tactics to manipulate public opinion. Large corporations with sophisticated public relations branches also engage in "spinning" information or events in their favor. Because of the frequent association between spin and press conferences (especially government press conferences), the room in which these take place is sometimes described as a spin room. Public relations advisors, pollsters and media consultants who develop spin may be referred to as "spin doctors" or "spinmeisters" who manipulate the truth and create a biased interpretation of events for the person or group that hired them.

The term has its origin in the old American expression "to spin a yarn". Sailors were known for using their spare time on board making thread or string (yarn) and also for telling incredible tales when they were on shore. When someone fooled you, it was said that "he spun me an amazing yarn". Yarn also became a synonym for "tall tale" - "What a yarn!", means "what a lie". A coarser and more contemporary version of this expression is "bullshit", and, for anyone who seeks to deceive, "bullshit artist".

Spin (aerodynamics)

A spin is a special category of stall resulting in autorotation about the vertical axis and a shallow, rotating, downward path. Spins can be entered intentionally or unintentionally, from any flight attitude if the aircraft has sufficient yaw while at the stall point. In a normal spin, the wing on the inside of the turn is stalled while the outside wing remains flying; it is possible for both wings to be stalled but the angle of attack of each wing, and consequently its lift and drag, will be different. Either situation causes the aircraft to autorotate (yaw) toward the stalled wing due to its higher drag and loss of lift. Spins are characterized by high angle of attack, an airspeed below the stall on at least one wing and a shallow descent. Recovery may require a specific and counterintuitive set of actions in order to avoid a crash.

A spin differs from a spiral dive in which neither wing is stalled and which is characterized by a low angle of attack and high airspeed. A spiral dive is not a type of spin because neither wing is stalled. In a spiral dive, the aircraft will respond conventionally to the pilot's inputs to the flight controls and recovery from a spiral dive requires a different set of actions from those required to recover from a spin.

In the early years of flight, a spin was frequently referred to as a "tailspin". A method used to control a spin before it fully develops is a maneuver called the falling leaf.

Spin (radio)

In radio broadcasting, a spin is a single play of a song. The term is also used as a unit to measure (or induce) popularity, typically in spins per week. This measure is also known as rotation, and is most heavily used at Top 40 radio stations, some non-traditional radio formats, and others with descendant radio formats.

A song in light rotation is typically aired 5–15 times per week, while a medium rotation tune goes over the airwaves 10-25 times per week. Favored songs in heavy rotation start at 20 or more spins each week, perhaps reaching to 50 and beyond. This results in several spins each day, resulting in a high level of repetition for listeners who tune in for more than just a short amount of time. Most new songs start in the heavy rotation category, but as the song gets older it is eventually downgraded from heavy to medium, then to light, then to retirement in the library.

Spin (novel)

Spin is a science fiction novel by author Robert Charles Wilson. It was published in 2005 and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2006. It is the first book in the Spin trilogy, with Axis (the second) published in 2007 and Vortex published in July 2011.

In January 2015, Syfy announced it was developing a six-hour miniseries based on the book.

Spin (House)

"Spin" is the sixth episode of the second season of House, which premiered on Fox on November 15, 2005.

SPIN (software process)

A Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is an organization of professionals who are interested in software and systems process improvement. There are currently 114 SPINs worldwide in their individual geographical areas. Ref: 1

Each SPIN is a completely independent organization. Software Engineering Institute (SEI) provides support to the SPINs by creating, maintaining, distributing the SPIN Directory, connecting those software professionals with emerging or existing SPINs, and distributing the SPINs start-up information.

The full list of the 114 SPINs with their contact information and web sites can be found in SEI.

SPiN (band)

SPiN is a four-piece American Alternative Rock / Power pop band from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area whose first EP "Home" was internationally released in 2010.

"Stellar musicianship, vocals and writing make this one not to be missed" wrote music and radio industry publication the FMQB. The Philadelphia-area based band's first single, "Home," entered the charts as the second-most added song in the country for two weeks straight. It went on to peak at number 7 on FMQB's Hot AC charts. SPiN has had its songs appear in dozens of television shows in the US and has toured extensively supporting acts such as Puddle of Mudd, Hinder, Trapt, Halestorm, Fuel (band), Charm City Devils, SafetySuit, Ra (American band), Rev Theory, Red during stops in 32 US states at over 600 shows. In 2015, "Happy Together", the first single from their "Stalked" EP hit #1 on the iTunes Indie Rock charts and remained in the top 5 for over two months.

Spin (Trey Anastasio song)

"Spin"

Song by Trey Anastasio

From the album Shine

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9. "Sleep Again"

"Spin" is the tenth track of Shine, the 2005 release Trey Anastasio, although the song is credited to both Trey Anastasio and Brendan O'Brien. It was recorded in mid-2005 at the Southern Tracks Recording Studio in Atlanta, GA. It was debuted live on August 4, 2005 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA.

Spin (b-boy move)

A spin is a b-boying move that involves rotation of the breaker's body about some axis in contact with the ground. It is possible to perform a spin on virtually any part of the body, but bare skin often causes painful and spin-killing friction with the floor. To solve this problem, many breakers employ pieces of cloth or wear long clothing, pads, or caps. When the dancer uses his hands to aid in speeding up the spin, it is called tapping. A dancer may tap for a few rotations and then glide for subsequent rotations. Spins form an integral part of many breakers' routines, while others eschew them in favor of more complex-looking repeated movements, back and forth, after each rotation in a given direction.

Spin (1995 film)

Spin is a 1995 documentary film by Brian Springer composed of raw satellite feeds featuring politicians' pre-appearance planning. It covers, not only the presidential election, but also the 1992 Los Angeles riots as well as the Operation Rescue abortion protests.

Using the 1992 presidential election as his springboard, Springer captures the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of politicians and newscasters in the early 1990s. Pat Robertson banters about "homos," Al Gore learns how to avoid abortion questions, George H. W. Bush talks to Larry King about Halcion—all presuming they are off camera. Composed of 100% unauthorized satellite footage, Spin is a surreal expose of media-constructed reality.

The film also documents behind the scenes footage of Larry Agran who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party nomination for President. Agran was generally ignored by the media during his candidacy, a topic covered in the documentary. The media did not report his polling numbers even as he met or exceeded the support of other candidates such as Jerry Brown. Party officials excluded him from most debates on various grounds, even having him arrested when he interrupted to ask to participate. When he managed to join the other candidates in any forum, his ideas went unreported.

Spin is a followup of the 1992 film Feed; for which Springer provided much of the raw satellite footage.

Spin (Lifehouse song)

"Spin" is a song by American alternative rock band Lifehouse from their 2002 album, Stanley Climbfall. It was written by Jason Wade and produced by Ron Aniello. The song received positive reviews from music critics and peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Spin (Everybody's Doin' It)

"Spin (Everybody's Doin' It)" is the first and only Australian release taken from Vanessa Amorosi's second studio album Change. The single was released on 28 October 2002 and debuted at No. 34 on the ARIA singles chart. It remains only two weeks in the top fifty.

Spin (Scullion album)

Spin is the fourth studio album by Irish band Scullion. It was released in 1985 by Dara Records and produced by Jon Dunford.

Spin (2007 film)

Spin (also known as You Are Here) is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Henry Pincus, and featuring Patrick Flueger, Adam Campbell, Katie Cassidy and Lauren German.

Spin (2003 film)

Spin is a 2003 American drama-genre film starring Ryan Merriman, Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, Paula Garcés and Rubén Blades. It was released at the Cannes Film Market 17 May 2004 and was limited released in the United States 15 October 2004. Spin was adapted from a novel by Donald Everett Axinn.Film won two awards Heartland Film Festival in 2003.

SPIN (operating system)

The SPIN Operating System is a research project implemented in the computer programming language Modula-3, and is an Open Source project. It is designed with three goals in mind: flexibility, safety and performance. SPIN was developed at the University of Washington.

The kernel can be extended by dynamically loaded modules which implement interfaces that represent domains. These domains are defined by Modula-3 INTERFACE. All kernel extensions are written in Modula-3 safe subset with metalanguage constructs and type safe casting system. The system also issued a special run-time extension compiler.

One set of kernel extensions provides an application programming interface (API) that emulates the Digital Unix system call interface. This allows Unix applications to run on the SPIN operating system.

Spin (physics)

In quantum mechanics and particle physics, spin is an intrinsic form of angular momentum carried by elementary particles, composite particles ( hadrons), and atomic nuclei.

Spin is one of two types of angular momentum in quantum mechanics, the other being orbital angular momentum. The orbital angular momentum operator is the quantum-mechanical counterpart to the classical angular momentum of orbital revolution: it arises when a particle executes a rotating or twisting trajectory (such as when an electron orbits a nucleus). The existence of spin angular momentum is inferred from experiments, such as the Stern–Gerlach experiment, in which particles are observed to possess angular momentum that cannot be accounted for by orbital angular momentum alone.

In some ways, spin is like a vector quantity; it has a definite magnitude, and it has a "direction" (but quantization makes this "direction" different from the direction of an ordinary vector). All elementary particles of a given kind have the same magnitude of spin angular momentum, which is indicated by assigning the particle a spin quantum number.

The SI unit of spin is the ( N· m· s) or ( kg·m·s), just as with classical angular momentum. In practice, spin is given as a dimensionlessspin quantum number by dividing the spin angular momentum by the reduced Planck constant , which has the same units of angular momentum. Very often, the "spin quantum number" is simply called "spin" leaving its meaning as the unitless "spin quantum number" to be inferred from context.

When combined with the spin-statistics theorem, the spin of electrons results in the Pauli exclusion principle, which in turn underlies the periodic table of chemical elements.

Wolfgang Pauli was the first to propose the concept of spin, but he did not name it. In 1925, Ralph Kronig, George Uhlenbeck and Samuel Goudsmit at Leiden University suggested an (erroneous) physical interpretation of particles spinning around their own axis. The mathematical theory was worked out in depth by Pauli in 1927. When Paul Dirac derived his relativistic quantum mechanics in 1928, electron spin was an essential part of it.

SPIN (cable system)

SPIN (or South Pacific Island Network) was a submarine communications cable system that would connect the New Zealand to Tahiti and would connect several South Pacific islands along the way. The SPIN cable would be long and will have a 64x10 Gbit/s capacity. It was planned to be in service late 2010. It would have cable landing points at:

  • New Zealand
  • Norfolk Island
  • New Caledonia
  • Fiji
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Samoa
  • American Samoa
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia
Spin (TV series)

Spin ( - literally The Shadow Men) is a French political television drama series created by , , and , and broadcast from 25 January 2012 on France 2.

After the success of the first season in its native France, a second season was commissioned, which premièred on France 2 on 1 October 2014 with 13.5% of the viewing audience. While prime time viewing figures were disappointing, combining those with on-demand numbers led to a more stable audience. A third series was subsequently commissioned.

In December 2015 it was announced that Spin would air in the UK on More4. The show premiered on 8 January 2016 and the two existing series were broadcast consecutively on a weekly basis.

Usage examples of "spin".

They exhibited an ability to spin a fairly strong web and communicated largely through scents.

Each chain over a shore span consists of two segments, the longer attached to the tie at the top of the river tower, the shorter to the link at the top of the abutment tower, and the two jointed together at the lowest point.

The cost of abutments and bridge flooring is practically independent of the length of span adopted.

One of the ways a correct burial was achieved was by means of a special board, on which a spoon was spun.

The section of the report dealing with Acton had covered a respectable span of time, but Jani had still found significant gaps.

Most of the crew suffered from some degree of nausea while adapting to microgravity, and those especially affected, such as AH Tillman and Alex Dyachkov, are still prone to attacks if they spin around too quickly, or if they find themselves without an absolute reference point.

But he let Addle play the Fates, spinning out the length of the kiss and cutting it when she saw fit.

Peslar Square, and you could convince an adjudicator that your charge was reasonable, the adjudicator could order your alibi archive or mine unlocked for the time span in question, which would prove that I am innocent.

It had been arranged that the two girls were to spin back to town in the car, the aeroplane following them as closely as possible from above.

While his daughter spun through the air, Eugene Mortlake sat in his little glass-enclosed office in one corner of the noisy aeroplane plant.

The turbines aft of maneuvering, so loud before, like jet engines screaming mere feet away, spun down, their steam gone.

The deck of the ship began to tremble as the water aft of the rudder erupted into foam and the screw began to spin at maximum RPM.

He had to guess, of course, which way agile Tallareyish would spin, and even though he guessed correctly that the elf would go to his right, his swipe was batted aside, not once but three times, before it ever got close to hitting the mark.

The man was too awkward aiming, but he went instantly graceful when Rambo shot him, smoothly clutching his right shoulder, spinning easily, toppling perfectly over the bicycle next to the tool shed, and then he was awkward again as the bicycle gave way under him and the two jumbled to the ground in a tinny jangle of chain and spokes.

Timothy spun to see Lord Nicodemus descending the stairs toward them with Alastor in his arms, a roiling cloud of supernatural energies drifting behind and above him.