from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic pinned to a stick so that they revolve when blown on.
- n. A firework that forms a rotating wheel of colored flames. Also called catherine wheel.
- n. A wheel with a circle of pins at right angles to its face, used as a tripping device.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a fake flower with the stump, usually in plastic, for children; the flower spins round in the wind.
- n. a firework which forms a kind of spinning wheel
- n. A cogged (toothed) gear.
- v. To spin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrate wheel in which the cogs are pins set into the disk.
- n. In tanning, a stout circular box containing warm water or water and melted tallow, in which hides are rolled about over strong wooden pins fastened to the inner circumference of the box.
- n. A kind of firework, consisting of a long paper case filled with a combustible composition and wound spirally about a disk of pasteboard or wood. When it is supported vertically on a pivot, and ignited, it revolves rapidly, forming a wheel of fire.
- In tanning, to subject to the action of the pinwheel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- n. a wheel that has numerous pins that are set at right angles to its rim
- n. perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels
- n. a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored fire
Sorry, no etymologies found.