from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An amusement ride consisting of a large upright rotating wheel having suspended seats that remain in a horizontal position as the wheel revolves.
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- n. A ride, at a fair, consisting of a large upright rotating wheel having suspended seats that remain in a horizontal position as the wheel revolves.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An amusement device consisting of a giant power-driven vertically oriented steel wheel, revolvable on its horizontal stationary axle, and carrying a number of balanced passenger cars or open seats around its rim; the seats are suspended so as to remain horizontal as the wheel rotates, and, depending on the size of the wheel, the passengers when they reach the top may have a grand vista of the surrounding area; -- so called after G. W. G. Ferris, American engineer, who erected the first of its kind for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vertical rotating mechanism consisting of a large wheel with suspended seats that remain upright as the wheel rotates; provides a ride at an amusement park
The Maifest was still underway and Kennan treated the kids to a ride on a wheezing Ferris wheel and to genuine chocolate ice cream at a sidewalk cafe.
He’d read library books about home projects, then build me a rocking horse or a sandbox or a set of flat wooden ducks—a mother and three babies, all set on four-inch spikes that he stuck into the backyard when the ground thawed—or he’d craft for my mother a small red wooden Ferris wheel to give to her on Valentine’s Day, each seat the exact size for an expensivelooking imported bonbon or sachet to sit.
The Ferris wheel fell over onto its side with a rending crash, the chains holding the swings to the whirligig snapped, and the carousel horses grew old and gray and withered like overripe fruit on their poles.