1. One that spins: a spinner of flax; a spinner of tall tales.
2. A fishing lure that rotates rapidly.
3. A fairing fitted over the hub of the propeller in some aircraft.
4. Games A device consisting of a dial and an arrow that is spun to indicate the next move in some board games.
5. A device for cleaning lettuce and other vegetables, consisting of a perforated bowl or container that can be spun to drive off rinse water.
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