noun U.S. Nautical.
the act of turning a multiple-screw ship within a minimum radius by having some engines going forward and others going in reverse.
Origin of pinwheeling
or pin wheel
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.
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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another name for Catherine wheel (def. 1)
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 windmillAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): windmill, whirligig
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