catherine-wheel

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pinwheel

[pin-hweel, -weel]
noun
1.
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.
2.
Also called catherine wheel. a kind of firework supported on a pin which, when ignited, revolves rapidly and gives a dazzling display of light.
3.
a wheel having pins at right angles to its rim for engaging the teeth of a gear.
verb (used without object)
4.
to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel: Images of the past pinwheeled through his mind.
Also, pin wheel.


Origin:
1695–1705; pin + wheel

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Catherine wheel
 
n
1.  Also called: pinwheel a type of firework consisting of a powder-filled spiral tube, mounted with a pin through its centre. When lit it rotates quickly, producing a display of sparks and coloured flame
2.  a circular window having ribs radiating from the centre
 
[C16: named after St Catherine of Alexandria]

pinwheel (ˈpɪnˌwiːl)
 
n
1.  another name for Catherine wheel
2.  a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel
3.  (US), (Canadian) windmill, Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): whirligig 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

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