from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that spins: a spinner of flax; a spinner of tall tales.
  • n. A fishing lure that rotates rapidly.
  • n. A fairing fitted over the hub of the propeller in some aircraft.
  • n. Games A device consisting of a dial and an arrow that is spun to indicate the next move in some board games.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Agent noun of spin; someone or something who spins.
  • n. A conical cover at the center of some aircraft propellers.
  • n. The coin thrower in a game of two-up.
  • n. Used primarily in the adult film industry, an actress or prostitute with a tiny frame, usually very thin and small-breasted.
  • n. An input control for entering a number, with accompanying arrowed buttons that increase or decrease the value.
  • n. A spin bowler.
  • n. A type of lure consisting of wire, a rotating blade, a weighted body, and one or more hooks.
  • n. An ornamental hubcap that spins independently of the wheel
  • n. A goatsucker.
  • n. A spinneret.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, spins one skilled in spinning; a spinning machine.
  • n. A spider.
  • n. A goatsucker; -- so called from the peculiar noise it makes when darting through the air.
  • n. A spinneret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which spins, in any sense; one skilled in spinning.
  • n. A spider; especially, a spinning-spider.
  • n. See the quotation.
  • n. A spinneret.
  • n. The night-jar or night-churr, Caprimulgus europæus: from its cries, which may be likened to the noise of a spinning-wheel. See cut under night-jar. Also wheel-bird. Compare reeler in like use for another bird.
  • n. A kind of boat.
  • n. A quality of leaf suitable for roll tobacco. See spinning-leaf tobacco.

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

  • n. board game equipment that consists of a dial and an arrow that is spun to determine the next move in the game
  • n. someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
  • n. fisherman's lure; revolves when drawn through the water


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