an acrobatic feat in which a person starts from a standing position, with arms extended, and wheels the body sideways, landing first on the hands and then on the feet and usually repeating this in a series.
Slang. any large coin, especially a U.S. silver dollar.
Slang. an amphetamine tablet.
to roll forward end over end: The skier took a sudden spill and cartwheeled down the slope.
- cartwheeler, noun
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How to use cartwheel in a sentence
Three weeks after the first batch of images, NASA unveiled the breathtaking image of the cartwheel galaxy.Awesome! Here are the James Webb Space Telescope’s first pictures | Lisa Grossman | August 19, 2022 | Science News For Students
The JWST image also identifies a contrast in textures between the core and the extremities of the cartwheel Galaxy.JWST’s latest snap captures the glimmering antics of the Cartwheel Galaxy | Purbita Saha | August 3, 2022 | Popular-Science
The cartwheel Galaxy, so called because of its bright inner ring and colorful outer ring, lies about 500 million light-years from Earth.A new James Webb telescope image reveals a galactic collision’s aftermath | Lisa Grossman | August 3, 2022 | Science News
They roll, cartwheel or backflip and then plummet to the ground.Why these jumping toadlets get confused mid-flight | Meghan Rosen | July 22, 2022 | Science News For Students
They roll, cartwheel or backflip and then plummet to the ground, often belly flopping or crash-landing on their backs.Here’s why pumpkin toadlets are such clumsy jumpers | Meghan Rosen | June 15, 2022 | Science News
Witnesses have portrayed her as a strange cartwheel performer with bad hygiene.
Behind the table was a smooth and perfectly round hole in the wall about the size of a cartwheel.Wonder-Box Tales | Jean Ingelow
Here has been cartwheel, your sweetheart; what will become of him?The Recruiting Officer | George Farquhar
Billy took everybodys attention away from him by turning an unexpected cartwheel in the middle of the floor.Maida's Little Shop | Inez Haynes Irwin
They had been dredged up in the Isar's mud, found at a corner, dragged from under a cartwheel.The Son of Clemenceau | Alexandre (fils) Dumas
"There's your dollar," said the Idiot, tossing a silver cartwheel across the table.Half-Hours with the Idiot | John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for cartwheel
the wheel of a cart, usually having wooden spokes and metal tyres
an acrobatic movement in which the body makes a sideways revolution supported on the hands with arms and legs outstretched
US slang a large coin, esp the silver dollar
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