spin / spin
1. to twist some material into thread or yarn
A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff tospin.
George Herbert, 1593-1633
2. to create a thread by putting forth from the body a viscous material, as a spider
We have to believe that everything has a cause, as the spider spins its web in order to catch flies.
Georg C. Lichtenberg, 1742-1799
3. to cause to twirl
When you spin a globe and point to a city and actually go to that city, you build an allowance of missed opportunities on the back end.
from ‘How Did You Get This Number’ by Sloane Crosley, 1978-
4. to twirl
Only the spinning top and the moving bicycle do not fall over.
Anna Brackett, 1836-1911
5. to fabricate a story
I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money.
Jack Kerouac, 1922-1969
6. to have the sensation of whirling
There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin.
James Baldwin, 1924-1987
1. an act of twirling
Interestingly, each skater gets pretty much the same amount of time in the air every time he or she jumps, so the number of spins is really about how quickly and effectively the skater can reduce the moment of inertia.
‘Figure Skating Physics for Normal Humans.’ bigthink.com/robby-berman/figure-skating-physics-for-normal-humans
2. the quickly revolving motion of a top
When you are stuck in a spiral, to change the aspects of the spin you only need to change direction.
Christine Baldwin, 1946-
3. a quick trip in an automobile or on a bicycle
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930