spinning


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            All the yarn she [Penelope] spun in Ulysses' absence
            did but fill Ithaca full of moths.    --Shak.
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   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.
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            Do you mean that story is tediously spun out?
                                                  --Sheridan.
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   3. To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day
      in idleness.
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            By one delay after another they spin out their whole
            lives.                                --L'Estrange.
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   4. To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to
      spin a top.
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   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.
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   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.
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   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.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spinning \Spin"ning\,
   a. & n. from Spin.
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   Spinning gland (Zool.), one of the glands which form the
      material for spinning the silk of silkworms and other
      larvae.

   Spinning house, formerly a common name for a house of
      correction in England, the women confined therein being
      employed in spinning.

   Spinning jenny (Mach.), an engine or machine for spinning
      wool or cotton, by means of a large number of spindles
      revolving simultaneously.

   Spinning mite (Zool.), the red spider.

   Spinning wheel, 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.
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