cartwheel


cartwheel

noun

  1. the wheel of a cart.
  2. an acrobatic feat in which a person starts from a standing position, with arms extended, and wheels the body sideways, landing first on the hands and then on the feet and usually repeating this in a series.
  3. Slang. any large coin, especially a U.S. silver dollar.
  4. Slang. an amphetamine tablet.

verb (used without object)

  1. to roll forward end over end: The skier took a sudden spill and cartwheeled down the slope.

noun

  1. the wheel of a cart, usually having wooden spokes and metal tyres
  2. an acrobatic movement in which the body makes a sideways revolution supported on the hands with arms and legs outstretched
  3. US slang a large coin, esp the silver dollar
n.

late 14c., “wheel of a cart,” from cart (n.) + wheel (n.). Meaning “lateral somersault” is recorded from 1861; as a verb from 1907. Related: Cartwheeled; cartwheeling.

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