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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.]
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]
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.