[kahrt-hweel, -weel]
the wheel of a cart.
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.
Slang. any large coin, especially a U.S. silver dollar.
Slang. an amphetamine tablet.
verb (used without object)
to roll forward end over end: The skier took a sudden spill and cartwheeled down the slope.

1350–1400; Middle English; see cart, wheel

cartwheeler, noun Unabridged
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cartwheel (ˈkɑːtˌwiːl)
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.  slang (US) a large coin, esp the silver dollar

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "wheel of a cart." Meaning "lateral somersault" is recorded from 1864; as a verb, from 1920.
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Example sentences
She almost knocks over the stainless-steel barbecue in her attempts at a cartwheel.
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