from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic pinned to a stick so that they revolve when blown on.
- noun A firework that forms a rotating wheel of colored flames.
- noun A wheel with a circle of pins at right angles to its face, used as a tripping device.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A contrate wheel in which the cogs are pins set into the disk.
- noun 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.
- noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun a fake
flowerwith the stump, usually in plastic, for children; the flower spins round in the wind.
- noun a
fireworkwhich forms a kind of spinning wheel
- noun A cogged (toothed) gear.
- verb To spin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun 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
- noun a wheel that has numerous pins that are set at right angles to its rim
- noun perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels
- noun a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored fire
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But Ginny, out of character for her, offered a bribe: A brightly colored pinwheel from a nearby stand.
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the pinwheel will be the symbol used to represent the effort to increase awareness, Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge said.
I, a rootless cosmopolitan and a linguist to boot which means I have no trustworthy native-speaker intuitions, think I say "pinwheel," but the subject comes up so rarely I can't be sure; at any rate, it sounds more familiar to me.
Survivors say the Marines were surrounded in a "pinwheel" ambush as machine-gun fire and grenades rained down and the enemy closed in on the
Jakovac, John A. 1967
The architects argue that this move is a desire to build the tower as a more contextual building that preserves I.M. Pei's "pinwheel" design, which allows each of the current three buildings to have site lines from and toward the buildings 'façades. N.Y.U.'
Like a Genki Dama. (laughs) - In the footage that has been released, Juri shows off an impressive "pinwheel" move, what was the idea behind that?
IGN PS3 2009
It's ground-hugging horizontality reaching for the horizon; the entrance that 'winds in' to the centre of the house; the low sheltering roofs springing from the central vertical core; the 'pinwheel' spaces revolving out around the hearth ... this was a revolutionary new form of space and domestic architecture not seen before, patterns that would be seen in most of his 'Prairie Houses' for the next ten years.
Not PC 2008
He speaks soothingly to me in Italian, smoothes my hair and drops a peppermint pinwheel onto the pages of my open Speller.
Sister MaryAnne Kolton 2011
HAL gets overtaken by the “please hold” Apple pinwheel, HAL engages in a blinking contest with AUTO from WALL*E, HAL gets a makeover from Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash …
Put that packet of salmon back in the fridge: royal wedding canapés were local and seasonal, without a smoked salmon pinwheel in sight.
Feast fit for a king 2011