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cartwheel

[kahrt-hweel, -weel] /ˈkɑrtˌʰwil, -ˌwil/
noun
1.
the wheel of a cart.
2.
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.
3.
Slang. any large coin, especially a U.S. silver dollar.
4.
Slang. an amphetamine tablet.
verb (used without object)
5.
to roll forward end over end:
The skier took a sudden spill and cartwheeled down the slope.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see cart, wheel
Related forms
cartwheeler, noun
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Examples for cartwheel
  • She almost knocks over the stainless-steel barbecue in her attempts at a cartwheel.
British Dictionary definitions for cartwheel

cartwheel

/ˈkɑːtˌwiːl/
noun
1.
the wheel of a cart, usually having wooden spokes and metal tyres
2.
an acrobatic movement in which the body makes a sideways revolution supported on the hands with arms and legs outstretched
3.
(US, slang) a large coin, esp the silver dollar
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Word Origin and History for cartwheel
cartwheel
late 14c., "wheel of a cart." Meaning "lateral somersault" is recorded from 1864; as a verb, from 1920.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cartwheel

cartwheel

noun

A dollar, esp a silver dollar (1850+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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