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spun out of control
▪ The car spun out of control and hit a tree.
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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.

  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?

  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.

  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.]


Spun \Spun\ (sp[u^]n), imp. & p. p. of Spin.

Spun hay, hay twisted into ropes for convenient carriage, as on a military expedition.

Spun silk, a cheap article produced from floss, or short-fibered, broken, and waste silk, carded and spun, in distinction from the long filaments wound from the cocoon. It is often mixed with cotton.

Spun yarn (Naut.), a line formed of two or more rope-yarns loosely twisted.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past participle of spin (v.).


vb. (en-past of: 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]

  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]


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Spun is a 2002 American black comedy crime drama film directed by Jonas Åkerlund from an original screenplay by William De Los Santos and Creighton Vero, based on 3 days of De Los Santos' life in the Eugene, Oregon drug subculture (though the film is shot and set in North Hollywood, California) and stars Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Peter Stormare, Alexis Arquette, Deborah Harry, Eric Roberts, Chloe Hunter, Nicholas Gonzalez, Brittany Murphy and Mickey Rourke.

It is Åkerlund's debut as a feature film director, having already become known for his work in music videos. The film was shot in 22 days, and centers on various people involved in a methamphetamine drug ring. The film blends elements of dark comedy and drama in its storytelling. Its title is a reference to the slang term for the way users feel after going multiple days without sleep while on a methamphetamine binge. The characters take a combined total of 23 "hits" during the course of the movie.

Spun (album)

Spun is the third studio album by Keller Williams, released in 1998.

Usage examples of "spun".

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

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.

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.

At his waved command, the man holding Alec released him and he spun to find himself facing Micum Cavish.

It spun and bucked, alighting on stiffened legs, and Hilliard took flight, landing flat in a muddy puddle a full yard away.

Crewmen on the deck scrambled for safety as the F14, its left wing dragging on steel, spun broadside, snapping the arrestor cables one after another as it hurtled toward a row of A6 Intruders just abaft of the island.

She adjusted her hat, an open velveteen circlet clogged with stiff net veiling, which had been spun askew by the collision with her husband.

Nobain spun about to see the broad form of Mehrayn, astand with sword gripped tightly in fist, thoroughly enraged.

Joe smiled back at her, picked up the red beanie and spun the propeller.

On the metalled road the rubbered tyres spun silently, and only the flying hoofs clattered and soon they had left the made road and turned on to the hard-beaten track that led to Billabong, where progress was even smoother.

Instead of hauling hard up, as the race demanded and the Biter men expected, he spun the wheel to put her head to windward while his crew good, fast men despite their worn appearances -braced main and fore yards round at such a speed they went aback instantly, with a battery of explosive cracks.

Its blueness spun faster and faster, and Barnabas became a twisted dark swirl, spinning inside it.

The swirl grew longer and thinner as it spun and shreds threw off it, but Barnabas did not stop screaming until the darkness had faded into the blueness completely.

He barked some command at the boatsman and the ferry abruptly spun into the current, slowing.