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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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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Translations

Catherine wheel

nFeuerrad nt
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catherine wheel

[ˈkæθrɪnˌwiːl] ngirandola
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Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 They absorb beta-carotene from the molluscs they eat; 2 Manchester; 3 A toy windmill or Catherine-wheel firework; 4 Magny-Cours, France; 5 The Galapagos Islands; 6 The banjo; 7 Whitstable; 8 Communards; 9 The Itchen; 10 Amman.
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.