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Ferris wheel

[ fer-is ]

noun

  1. 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.


Ferris wheel

/ ˈfɛrɪs /

noun

  1. a fairground wheel having seats freely suspended from its rim; the seats remain horizontal throughout its rotation


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Ferris wheel1

1890–95; named after G. W. G. Ferris (died 1896), American engineer

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Ferris wheel1

C19: named after G.W.G. Ferris (1859–96), American engineer

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Example Sentences

Or 'suddenly remembered' that in second grade you wet your pants on the Ferris wheel?

The ferris wheel was swinging cars loaded with celebrators into the tree-tops and the whip and other thrill rides were crowded.

Eiffel Tower, not the Ferris wheel, could be compared with this.

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.

Like a forbidden specter the skeleton of the Ferris Wheel stands out gaunt and fleshless.

No more intense brain work was expended on the Ferris wheel than these two boys gave to the proposed elevation.

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