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English Dictionary: spinning by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. creating thread
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spin \Spin\, 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.
                     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?
      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) [web1913]:
   Spinning \Spin"ning\,
      a. & n. from {Spin}.
      {Spinning gland} (Zo[94]l.), one of the glands which form the
            material for spinning the silk of silkworms and other
      {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} (Zo[94]l.), 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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