pinwheeling


pinwheeling

noun U.S. Nautical.

  1. the act of turning a multiple-screw ship within a minimum radius by having some engines going forward and others going in reverse.

noun

  1. a child’s toy consisting of a wheel or leaflike curls of paper or plastic loosely attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown by or as by the wind.
  2. Also called catherine wheel. a kind of firework supported on a pin which, when ignited, revolves rapidly and gives a dazzling display of light.
  3. a wheel having pins at right angles to its rim for engaging the teeth of a gear.

verb (used without object)

  1. to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel: Images of the past pinwheeled through his mind.

noun

  1. another name for Catherine wheel (def. 1)
  2. a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel
  3. US and Canadian a toy consisting of plastic or paper vanes attached to a stick in such a manner that they revolve like the sails of a windmillAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): windmill, whirligig

n.also pin-wheel, 1690s, “a wheel in the striking train of a clock in which pins are fixed to lift the hammer,” from pin (n.) + wheel (n.). Fireworks sense is from 1869.

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