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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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catherine wheel

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References in classic literature ?
Quite dead," whispered the Catherine Wheel, and she went off to sleep.
He must have a truly romantic nature," said the Catherine Wheel, "for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about"; and she heaved a deep sigh, and thought about the deal box.
went the Catherine Wheel, as she spun round and round.
When the fuse burned down, the Catherine Wheel obstinately refused to spin at all.
IRENE DAVIES: My nieces Catherine and Lorna on bonfire night: pinned the Catherine wheel on the gate and Lorna was hysterical saying: "She gets everything.
The moment the big bang in the sky could be felt as well as heard served as my cue to step off the Catherine Wheel merry-goround for another year.