The difference between Spin and Turn

When used as nouns, spin means rapid circular motion, whereas turn means a change of direction or orientation.

When used as verbs, spin means to rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly), whereas turn means of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself.

check bellow for the other definitions of Spin and Turn

  1. Spin as a verb (ergative):

    To rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly); to partially or completely rotate to face another direction.


    "I spun myself around a few times."

    "Spin the ball on the floor."

    "She spun around and gave him a big smile."

  2. Spin as a verb (transitive):

    To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together.


    "They spin the cotton into thread."

  3. Spin as a verb:

    To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant, so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.

  4. Spin as a verb (cricket, of a bowler):

    To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.

  5. Spin as a verb (cricket, of a ball):

    To move sideways when bouncing.

  6. Spin as a verb (cooking):

    To form into thin strips or ribbons, as with sugar

  7. Spin as a verb:

    To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, etc.) 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.

  8. Spin as a verb:

    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.

  9. Spin as a verb:

    To move swiftly.


    "to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc."

  10. Spin as a verb:

    To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet.


    "Blood spins from a vein."

  11. Spin as a verb (computing, programming, intransitive):

    To wait in a loop until some condition becomes true.

  12. Spin as a verb (transitive, informal):

    To play (vinyl records, etc.) as a disc jockey.

  1. Spin as a noun:

    Rapid circular motion.


    "The car went into a spin''."

    "The skaters demonstrated their spins''."

    "He put some spin on the cue ball."

  2. Spin as a noun (physics):

    A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.

  3. Spin as a noun (countable, uncountable):

    A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.


    "Try to put a positive spin on the disappointing sales figures."

    "The politician was mocked in the press for his reliance on spin rather than facts."

    "synonyms: propaganda"

  4. Spin as a noun (sports):

    Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.

  5. Spin as a noun:

    A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.

  6. Spin as a noun:

    A brief trip by vehicle, especially one made for pleasure.


    "I'm off out for a spin in my new sports car."

  7. Spin as a noun:

    A bundle of spun material; a mass of strands and filaments.

  8. Spin as a noun:

    A single play of a record by a radio station.

  9. Spin as a noun (dated):

    Unmarried woman, spinster.

  1. Turn as a verb:

    to make a non-linear physical movement. Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself. To change the direction or orientation of, especially by rotation. to change one's direction of travel. to change the course of. To shape (something) symmetrically by rotating it against a stationary cutting tool, as on a lathe. To give form to; to shape or mould; to adapt. To position (something) by folding it, or using its folds. To navigate through a book or other printed material. Of a bowler, to make (the ball) move sideways off the pitch when it bounces. Of a ball, to move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.


    "the Earth turns;  turn on the spot"

    "'Turn the knob clockwise."

    "She turned right at the corner."

    "She turned the table legs with care and precision."

    "'turn the bed covers;  turn the pages"

    "'turn to page twenty;  turn through the book"

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  2. Turn as a verb (intransitive):

    To change condition or attitude. To become . To change the color of the leaves in the autumn. To change fundamentally; to metamorphose. # To sour or spoil; to go bad. # To make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle. To reach a certain age. To hinge; to depend. To rebel; to go against something formerly tolerated. To change personal condition. # To change personalities, such as from being a face (good guy) to heel (bad guy) or vice versa. # To become giddy; said of the head or brain. #* #*: I'll look no more; / Lest my brain turn. # To sicken; to nauseate. # To be nauseated; said of the stomach.


    "synonyms: become get"

    "The leaves turn brown in autumn. When I asked him for the money, he turned nasty."

    "The hillside behind our house isn't generally much to look at, but once all the trees turn it's gorgeous."

    "Midas made everything turn to gold.  He turned into a monster every full moon."

    "This milk has turned; it smells awful."

    "to turn cider or wine"

    "Charlie turns six on September 29."

    "The decision turns on a single fact."

    "The prisoners turned on the warden."

    "The sight turned my stomach."

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  3. Turn as a verb (obsolete, reflexive):

    To change one's course of action; to take a new approach.

  4. Turn as a verb (transitive, usually with '''over'''):

    To complete.


    "They say they can turn the parts in two days."

  5. Turn as a verb (transitive):

    To make (money); turn a profit.


    "We turned a pretty penny with that little scheme."

  6. Turn as a verb (transitive, soccer):

    Of a player, to go past an opposition player with the ball in one's control.

  7. Turn as a verb:

    To undergo the process of turning on a lathe.


    "Ivory turns well."

  8. Turn as a verb (obstetrics):

    To bring down the feet of a child in the womb, in order to facilitate delivery.

  9. Turn as a verb (printing, dated):

    To invert a type of the same thickness, as a temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted.

  10. Turn as a verb (archaic):

    To translate.


    "to turn the Iliad"

  11. Turn as a verb (transitive, role-playing games):

    To magically or divinely attack undead.

  1. Turn as a noun:

    A change of direction or orientation.


    "Give the handle a turn, then pull it."

  2. Turn as a noun (geometry):

    A movement of an object about its own axis in one direction that continues until the object returns to its initial orientation. A unit of plane angle measurement based on this movement.

  3. Turn as a noun:

    A single loop of a coil.

  4. Turn as a noun:

    A chance to use (something) shared in sequence with others.


    "They took turns playing with the new toy."

  5. Turn as a noun:

    The time allotted to a person in a rota or schedule.


    "I cooked tonight, so it's your turn to do the dishes."

  6. Turn as a noun:

    One's chance to make a move in a game having two or more players.

  7. Turn as a noun:

    A figure in music, often denoted ~, consisting of the note above the one indicated, the note itself, the note below the one indicated, and the note itself again.

  8. Turn as a noun:

    (also turnaround) The time required to complete a project.


    "They quote a three-day turn on parts like those."

  9. Turn as a noun:

    A fit or a period of giddiness.


    "I've had a funny turn."

  10. Turn as a noun:

    A change in temperament or circumstance.


    "She took a turn for the worse."

  11. Turn as a noun (cricket):

    A sideways movement of the ball when it bounces (caused by rotation in flight).

  12. Turn as a noun (poker):

    The fourth communal card in Texas hold 'em.

  13. Turn as a noun (poker, obsolete):

    The flop (the first three community cards) in Texas hold 'em.

  14. Turn as a noun:

    A deed done to another.


    "One good turn deserves another."

    "I felt that the man was of a vindictive nature, and would do me an evil turn if he found the opportunitynb...."

  15. Turn as a noun (rope):

    A pass behind or through an object.

  16. Turn as a noun:

    Character; personality; nature.

  17. Turn as a noun (soccer):

    An instance of going past an opposition player with the ball in one's control.

  18. Turn as a noun (circus, theatre, especially, physical comedy):

    A short skit, act, or routine.