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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.
Also, spinoff.
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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Examples from the web for spinoff
  • Each of them are spinoff stories and several anime episodes are based on these novels.
  • The anime series has two spinoff movies that were actually part of the manga.
  • The sonic screwdriver is mentioned frequently in licensed spinoff media.
Word Origin and History for spinoff

also spin-off, 1951 of corporate entities; by 1967 of television shows, from spin + off. As a verbal phrase, by 1957. As an adjective, from 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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