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

  • noun The process of making fibrous material into yarn or thread.
  • noun The act of fishing with a light rod and a reel having a bail or similar device that guides the line around a stationary spool and that can be disengaged to let the line run freely, as when casting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who spins.
  • noun The process of giving shape to vessels of thin metal by means of a turning-lathe.
  • noun In angling, fishing with a spinner. See spinner, 1 .
  • noun The operation of running off a part of the water on the top of the charge in an amalgamating-mill.
  • noun The operation of molding metals such as silver, etc., while they are rapidly revolving (‘spinning’), in a manner similar to the molding of wet clay, into pitchers, vases, etc.

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

  • a. & n. from spin.
  • (Zoöl.) one of the glands which form the material for spinning the silk of silkworms and other larvæ.
  • formerly a common name for a house of correction in England, the women confined therein being employed in spinning.
  • (Mach.) an engine or machine for spinning wool or cotton, by means of a large number of spindles revolving simultaneously.
  • (Zoöl.) the red spider.
  • a machine for spinning yarn or thread, in which a wheel drives a single spindle, and is itself driven by the hand, or by the foot acting on a treadle.

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

  • adjective Rapidly rotating on an axis; whirling.
  • noun The process of converting fibres into yarn or thread.
  • noun Indoor cycling.
  • verb Present participle of spin.

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

  • noun creating thread


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