from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A revolving circular platform fitted with seats, often in the form of animals, ridden for amusement.
- n. A piece of playground equipment consisting of a small circular platform that revolves when pushed or pedaled.
- n. A busy round; a whirl: a merry-go-round of parties.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. carousel; a pleasure ride consisting of a slowly revolving circular platform affixed with various types of seats, frequently horses or other animals, typically found at fairs and amusement parks
- n. a piece of playground equipment in the style of a merry-go-round
- n. A dead-end search; a bustle of activity that gets nowhere
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any revolving contrivance for affording amusement; esp., a group of seats in the shape of hobbyhorses or other fanciful animals, arranged in a circle on a platform that is rotated by a mechanical drive, often to the accompaniment of music; the seats often move up and down in synchrony with the rotation; -- called also carousel. It is employed primarily for the amusement of children, and is typically found at an amusement park.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A revolving machine, consisting of a series of wooden horses or carriage-seats, mounted on a circular platform, on or in which children and sometimes grown persons ride for amusement. In the United States also called a carrousel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a never-ending cycle of activities and events (especially when they seem to have little purpose)
- n. a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
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