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spin +‎ -ward


  • IPA(key): /ˈspɪnwɜ(ɹ)d/
  • Hyphenation: spin‧ward


spinward (comparative more spinward, superlative most spinward)

  1. (often science fiction) In a rotating reference frame, along the direction of spin.
    • 1970 October, Larry Niven, Ringworld, New York, N.Y.: Ballantine Books, →ISBN:
      It was half-daylight; the shadow of the terminator was coming in from spinward like a black curtain.
    • 2007, Arthur C. Clarke; Stephen Baxter, Firstborn [A Time Odyssey; 3], New York, N.Y.: Del Rey Books; Ballantine Books, →ISBN:
      Edna's language was peppered with the unfamiliar. You found your way around a spinning space habitat by going spinward or antispinward or axisward ...
    • 2007, Jeff Prucher, editor, Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 215:
      spinward adv. in or toward the direction that something (a space station, galaxy, etc.) is rotating. Also as adj.
    • 2015, Steven Burgauer, Skullcap, Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse, →ISBN:
      " [] You would fall against the anti-spinward wall and slide down along that wall until you hit the floor ..." / "Whoa, whoa, whoa ..." Lars interrupted. "Anti-spinward? What in the world?" / "Moving in the same direction as the Station's direction of spin is considered spinward. Moving in the direction opposite the spin is considered anti-spinward. You sound like a boy asking what one does with his hands when the rollercoaster car leaves the track."