pinwheeling

[ pin-hwee-ling, -wee- ]
/ ˈpɪnˌʰwi lɪŋ, -ˌwi- /

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.

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Origin of pinwheeling

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Example sentences from the Web for pinwheeling

  • The concussion hit Johnny like a fist, pinwheeling him backwards in the rocker against the wall of the house.

  • But the trouble was unknown, and they might end up rifling or pinwheeling if they didn't let bad enough alone.

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