Ferris wheel

noun Fer·ris wheel \ ˈfer-əs- , ˈfe-rəs- \

Definition of Ferris wheel

: an amusement device consisting of a large upright power-driven wheel carrying seats that remain horizontal around its rim

Origin and Etymology of ferris wheel

German W. G. Ferris †1896 American engineer


FERRIS WHEEL Defined for English Language Learners

Ferris wheel

noun

Definition of Ferris wheel for English Language Learners

  • : a very large upright wheel that has seats around its edge where people sit while the wheel turns


FERRIS WHEEL Defined for Kids

Ferris wheel

noun Fer·ris wheel \ ˈfer-əs- \

Definition of Ferris wheel for Students

: an amusement park ride consisting of a large vertical wheel that is moved by a motor and has seats around its rim


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