from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that spins.
  • noun A fishing lure that rotates rapidly.
  • noun A fairing fitted over the hub of the propeller in some aircraft.
  • noun Games A device consisting of a dial and an arrow that is spun to indicate the next move in some board games.
  • noun A device for cleaning lettuce and other vegetables, consisting of a perforated bowl or container that can be spun to drive off rinse water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which spins, in any sense; one skilled in spinning.
  • noun A spider; especially, a spinning-spider.
  • noun See the quotation.
  • noun A spinneret.
  • noun The night-jar or night-churr, Caprimulgus europæus: from its cries, which may be likened to the noise of a spinning-wheel. See cut under night-jar. Also wheel-bird. Compare reeler in like use for another bird.
  • noun A kind of boat.
  • noun A quality of leaf suitable for roll tobacco. See spinning-leaf tobacco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, spins one skilled in spinning; a spinning machine.
  • noun A spider.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A goatsucker; -- so called from the peculiar noise it makes when darting through the air.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A spinneret.
  • noun a machine for spinning, in which the twist, given to the yarn by a revolving bobbin, is regulated by the drag of a small metal loop which slides around a ring encircling the bobbin, instead of by a throstle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Agent noun of spin; someone or something who spins.
  • noun A conical cover at the center of some aircraft propellers.
  • noun obsolete The coin thrower in a game of two-up.
  • noun slang, film Used primarily in the adult film industry, an actress or prostitute with a tiny frame, usually very thin and small-breasted.
  • noun computing, graphical user interface An input control for entering a number, with accompanying arrowed buttons that increase or decrease the value.
  • noun cricket A spin bowler.
  • noun fishing A type of lure consisting of wire, a rotating blade, a weighted body, and one or more hooks.
  • noun An ornamental hubcap that spins independently of the wheel
  • noun A goatsucker.
  • noun A spinneret.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun board game equipment that consists of a dial and an arrow that is spun to determine the next move in the game
  • noun someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
  • noun fisherman's lure; revolves when drawn through the water


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to spin + -er.


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