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[spin-er] /ˈspɪn ər/
a person or thing that spins.
Angling. a lure, as a spoon bait, that revolves in the water in trolling and casting.
Also called spinner play. Football. a play in which the player carrying the ball twirls about, to deceive the other team as to where the player intends to hit the line.
Aeronautics. a streamlined fairing over a propeller hub.
British Informal. nightjar.
Slang. a disc jockey.
1175-1225; Middle English spinnere. See spin, -er1
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underspinner, noun Unabridged
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  • Because you can't make a spinner fly without a crank.
  • For local governments building on arable land is often a money-spinner.
  • The quality of the silk probably co-evolved with the behaviour of its spinner.
  • Try different heights of the spinner above the candle flames.
  • spinner dolphins do not have a mating or birthing season.
  • Students will design a spinner and then create a game which effectively utilizes their spinner.
British Dictionary definitions for spinner


a person or thing that spins
(informal) a spin doctor
  1. a ball that is bowled with a spinning motion
  2. a bowler who specializes in bowling such balls
a streamlined fairing that fits over and revolves with the hub of an aircraft propeller
a fishing lure with a fin or wing that revolves when drawn through the water
an angler's name for the mature adult form (imago) of various flies, especially the mayflies Compare dun2 (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for spinner

early 13c., "spider," agent noun from spin (v.). Meaning "person who spins textile thread" is from late 14c.

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spinner in Technology
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Encyclopedia Article for spinner

form of top having usually 4, 6, 8, or 12 sides marked with distinctive symbols. A teetotum is used for playing games, mostly of the gambling variety, and serves in place of dice. The hexagonal (six-sided) teetotum was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans. A common gambling game with a teetotum played since medieval times is put and take, in which the various sides have symbols instructing the players to either put money in the pot or take from the pot. A four-sided form of teetotum is the dreidel, which is marked with the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hey, and shin and is used by Jewish children to play a game during Hanukkah; small coins, nuts, raisins, or pieces of chocolate are used as tokens or chips. The letters form the initials of the message "Nes gadol hayah sham" ("A great miracle happened there"). According to the Talmud, this miracle occurred when the Maccabees recaptured the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE. Despite a very small supply of oil, the lamps are said to have continued burning for eight days until new supplies arrived.

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