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pin·wheel

 (pĭn′wēl′, -hwēl′)
n.
1. A toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic pinned to a stick so that they revolve when blown on.
2. A firework that forms a rotating wheel of colored flames. Also called catherine wheel.
3. A wheel with a circle of pins at right angles to its face, used as a tripping device.

pinwheel

(ˈpɪnˌwiːl)
n
1. another name for Catherine wheel1
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel
3. US and Canadian 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. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): windmill or whirligig

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]

pinwheel

- Originally a mechanism in a clock.
See also related terms for mechanism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinwheel - perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels
Aeonium, genus Aeonium - a genus of plants of the family Crassulaceae
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
2.pinwheel - a wheel that has numerous pins that are set at right angles to its rim; "he spun the pinwheel and it stopped with the pointer on `Go'"
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
3.pinwheel - a toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic that is pinned to a stick and spins when it is pointed into the wind
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
4.pinwheel - a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored firepinwheel - 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

pinwheel

[ˈpɪnˌwiːl] N (esp US) → rueda f catalina
References in classic literature ?
Then his noddle goes pinwheeling and he's a blighted fool, and he'd snore in a gale and suffer for sleep in a dead calm.
If the big move at Vals is to reform the hillside so that the Alpine topography becomes inhabited (part-cave, part-viewing pavilion), Zumthor's next tactic is to make generous interlocked spaces from these pinwheeling blocks of stone.
Rising 30 metres above entrance level, the tower's pinwheeling planes of red brick and whitewashed concrete grandly summarise the dynamism of Leiviska's fundamental structural approaches.