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cath·er·ine wheel

 (kăth′ər-ĭn, kăth′rĭn)
n.

[After Saint Catherine of Alexandria (died ad 307), who was condemned to be tortured on a wheel.]

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. (Architecture) a circular window having ribs radiating from the centre
[C16: named after St Catherine of Alexandria]

pin•wheel

(ˈpɪnˌʰwil, -ˌwil)

n.
1. a toy consisting of a small wheel with paper or plastic vanes attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown.
2. a firework that revolves rapidly on a pin when ignited, making a wheel of fire or sparks; Catherine wheel.
v.i.
3. to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel.
[1695–1705]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Catherine wheel - a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored firecatherine wheel - a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored fire
firework, pyrotechnic - (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.
Translations

Catherine wheel

nFeuerrad nt

catherine wheel

[ˈkæθrɪnˌwiːl] ngirandola
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The success of the band's two singles Say You Don't Mind - Ask The People and Too Much In Love - Catherine's Wheel brought them success that saw them share the bill with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum at the Saville Theatre, London, in 1967.
The success of the band's two singles Say You Don't Mind / Ask The People and Too Much In Love / Catherine's Wheel saw them share the bill with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum, at the Saville Theatre in London in 1967.
The feu de joie, the musketterija, the solfarelli d'aria, St Catherine's wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks, originated from explosives that were lit from mortars on special occasions, such as the election of a Grand Master or the birth of a prince.