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NOUN (1)

1. creating thread;


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. [1913 Webster] All the yarn she [Penelope] spun in Ulysses' absence did but fill Ithaca full of moths. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Do you mean that story is tediously spun out? --Sheridan. [1913 Webster] 3. To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness. [1913 Webster] By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 4. To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spinning \Spin"ning\, a. & n. from Spin. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

spinning n 1: creating thread
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

35 Moby Thesaurus words for "spinning": angular momentum, angular motion, angular velocity, axial motion, bowling, centrifugation, circulation, circumgyration, circumrotation, full circle, gyrating, gyration, pivoting, reeling, revolution, revolving, roll, rolling, rotating, rotation, rotational motion, spin, swinging, swirling, swiveling, trolling, trundling, turbination, turning, twirling, volutation, volution, wheeling, whir, whirling