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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.
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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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He balanced his pole and walked the length of his rope--two or three hundred feet; he came back and got a man and carried him across; he returned to the center and danced a jig; next he performed some gymnastic and balancing feats too perilous to afford a pleasant spectacle; and he finished by fastening to his person a thousand Roman candles, Catherine wheels, serpents and rockets of all manner of brilliant colors, setting them on fire all at once and walking and waltzing across his rope again in a blinding blaze of glory that lit up the garden and the people's faces like a great conflagration at midnight.
He touched off in quick succession a set of fierce rockets, angry catherine wheels, loudly exploding squibs - and the matter might have turned out very serious.
Any place you love is the world to you," exclaimed a pensive Catherine Wheel, who had been attached to an old deal box in early life, and prided herself on her broken heart; "but love is not fashionable any more, the poets have killed it.
he said, and everybody listened except the poor Catherine Wheel, who was still shaking her head, and murmuring, "Romance is dead.
Quite dead," whispered the Catherine Wheel, and she went off to sleep.
My mother was the most celebrated Catherine Wheel of her day, and was renowned for her graceful dancing.
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.
Fireworks were not of the gargantuan size and noise of today but, on the night itself, Catherine wheels and Roman candles sparked delight and bangers added excitement on a chill occasion of genuine festivity around a blazing fire.
The creative team behind this beautifully crafted show includes acclaimed theatre artists Andy Manley (Director - Polka Theatre, Catherine Wheels & Scottish Opera), Gilly Baskeyfield (Rehearsal Director & M6's Artistic Director) Tayo Akinbode (Composer/Musician - Royal Shakespeare Company, Liverpool Everyman, Royal Exchange and Nottingham Playhouse) with actors Eve Robertson (Hindle Wakes, Royal Exchange) and Luke Walker (White, Catherine Wheels).
Up to 15,000 youngsters will enjoy up to four performances by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Visible Fictions.
Includes a five-pack of shot tubes, a 100-shot missile cake, five packs of sparklers, each containing five sparklers, two Catherine wheels, a 24-piece selection box, a five pack of rockets, a 10-shot aerial display, a 16-shot Roman candle cake and a pack of three firework lighters.