- an amusement ride consisting of a large upright wheel rotating on a fixed stand and having seats around its rim suspended freely so that they remain right side up as they revolve.
Origin of Ferris wheel
Examples from the Web for ferris wheel
All he saw was what appeared to be a sort of ferris-wheel, except that it was revolving in a horizontal plane.Minor Detail
John Michael Sharkey
After that we came to the place where Daredevil Dennell used to go up in a balloon and just beyond there is the ferris-wheel.Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
- a fairground wheel having seats freely suspended from its rim; the seats remain horizontal throughout its rotation
Word Origin and History for ferris wheel
1893, American English, from U.S. engineer George W.G. Ferris (1859-1896), who designed it for the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, 1893. It was 250 feet tall and meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, from the 1889 Paris Exposition.