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cath·er·ine wheel

 (kăth′ər-ĭn, kăth′rĭn)

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

Catherine wheel

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]


(ˈpɪnˌʰwil, -ˌwil)

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.
3. to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel.
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.

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And they watched spellbound as Emergency Exit Arts performed "Runga Rung", which included pyrotechnic displays, stilt walkers, a life-sized steel elephant and a human Catherine-wheel.