EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a child's toy consisting of a wheel or leaflike curls of paper or plastic loosely attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown by or as by the wind. Also called catherine wheel. a kind of firework supported on a pin which, when ignited, revolves rapidly and gives a dazzling display of light. a wheel having pins at right angles to its rim for engaging the teeth of a gear. verb (used without object) to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel: Images of the past pinwheeled through his mind. Origin of pinwheel
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Examples from the Web for pinwheel Historical Examples of pinwheel
Simeon spun around, as he said afterwards, "like a young one's
Then he swung the light in full circles, till it became a
pinwheel of flame.
As he stared into the revenuer's insolent face, the earth looked like a
pinwheel had exploded, sending a shower of sparks in every direction.
Persis went through the air like a
pinwheel, and those who witnessed the affair gave up her and the horse for dead. British Dictionary definitions for pinwheel noun a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel US and Canadian a toy consisting of plastic or paper vanes attached to a stick in such a manner that they revolve like the sails of a windmill Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): windmill, whirligig
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Word Origin and History for pinwheel n.
pin-wheel, 1690s, "a wheel in the striking train of a clock in which pins are fixed to lift the hammer," from pin (n.) + wheel (n.). Fireworks sense is from 1869.
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