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Ferris wheel

[fer-is] /ˈfɛr ɪs/
an amusement ride consisting of a large upright wheel rotating on a fixed stand and having seats around its rim suspended freely so that they remain right side up as they revolve.
Origin of Ferris wheel
1890-95; named after G. W. G. Ferris (died 1896), American engineer Unabridged
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  • It had been agreed that we should take a trip in the Ferris wheel.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Looking out from the promenade under the dome they saw the Ferris wheel, upon which they gazed with a good deal of interest.

  • It was the brunette who lay there before me, clad now as when last we met at the Ferris wheel, in the garb of a man.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Like a forbidden specter the skeleton of the Ferris wheel stands out gaunt and fleshless.

    The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
  • No more intense brain work was expended on the Ferris wheel than these two boys gave to the proposed elevation.

    The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
  • We had reached the end of his beat, and now I turned with him, and we sauntered slowly toward the Ferris wheel.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • The Ferris wheel was swinging cars loaded with celebrators into the tree-tops and the whip and other thrill rides were crowded.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Eiffel Tower, not the Ferris wheel, could be compared with this.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
  • In the next story Ill tell you how we got lost in a Ferris wheel.

British Dictionary definitions for Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel

a fairground wheel having seats freely suspended from its rim; the seats remain horizontal throughout its rotation
Word Origin
C19: named after G.W.G. Ferris (1859–96), American engineer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ferris wheel

1893, American English, from U.S. engineer George W.G. Ferris (1859-1896), who designed it for the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, 1893. It was 250 feet tall and meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, from the 1889 Paris Exposition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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