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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spin v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spun (Archaic imp. Span ); p. pr. & vb. n. Spinning.]
 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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spun 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: 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,
      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"
      v 1: 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]
      [also: spun, spinning]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See spin