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[spin-awf, -of] /ˈspɪnˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
Commerce. a process of reorganizing a corporate structure whereby the capital stock of a division or subsidiary of a corporation or of a newly affiliated company is transferred to the stockholders of the parent corporation without an exchange of any part of the stock of the latter.
Compare split-off (def 3), split-up (def 3).
any product that is an adaption, outgrowth, or development of another similar product:
The paperback is a spin-off from the large hardcover encyclopedia.
a secondary or incidental product or effect derived from technological development in a somewhat unrelated area.
Origin of spin-off
1945-50; noun use of verb phrase spin off
2, 3. by-product, issue, offshoot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It would require practical low cost space access, which would have definite spin-off applications.
  • His company will later produce spin-off apparel based on the new designs.
  • If it all works to plan, the spin-off should unlock substantial value.
  • Some wonder if this is a first step towards a spin-off of the lending and investing arm.
  • But the commission wanted a more radical solution: a partial spin-off.
  • The old defence sector was based on dedicated programmes with only a limited civilian spin-off.
  • The more interesting work, however, may be in spin-off applications.
  • Their intransigence on the budget debate seems to be a spin-off of this concept.
  • Some non-profits even charge for their services or spin-off profit-making subsidiaries.
  • More likely is that the encounter will produce spin-off courtroom drama.
British Dictionary definitions for spin-off

spin off

(transitive, preposition) to turn (a part of a business enterprise) into a separate company
any product or development derived incidentally from the application of existing knowledge or enterprise
a book, film, or television series derived from a similar successful book, film, or television series
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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