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

  Spinning \Spin"ning\,
     a. & n. from Spin.
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     Spinning gland (Zool.), one of the glands which form the
        material for spinning the silk of silkworms and other
     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: creating thread

From 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

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