Ferris wheel


Fer·​ris wheel ˈfer-əs- How to pronounce Ferris wheel (audio)
: an amusement device consisting of a large upright power-driven wheel carrying seats that remain horizontal around its rim

Examples of Ferris wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the Vienna Pass, travelers receive complimentary access to more than 90 of the city's top attractions, including museums, a giant Ferris wheel, and attractions like Madame Tussauds wax museum. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2024 Read Next Business Sports retailer Scheels to open Meridian store with Ferris wheel. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 3 Apr. 2024 There are snippets of Beethoven in the air, and a song by Miles Davis emanates from a Ferris wheel covered in designs by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Along with a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and other rides, Fairyland offered carnival acts and games, a fun house, a massive pool and an outdoor pavilion that showcased the nation’s top musical acts, many featuring Black performers. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 Fans can take a ride on Capital One’s Ferris wheel, visit the Capital One Cardholder Lounge, sample Coca-Cola’s product line and explore AT&T’s latest products. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2024 Salvador Dalí added a domed, mirrored room; David Hockney created his version of a forest; Jean-Michel Basquiat dreamed up a Ferris wheel. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Mar. 2024 La Isla is also an entertainment hub with the Sky Wheel, the third-largest panoramic Ferris wheel in Latin America, and an outpost of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Then a ride on the Ferris wheel in neighboring Santa Monica. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History


G. W. G. Ferris †1896 American engineer

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ferris wheel was in 1892

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“Ferris wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ferris%20wheel. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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Ferris wheel

Fer·​ris wheel ˈfer-əs- How to pronounce Ferris wheel (audio)
: an amusement ride consisting of a large vertical wheel that is driven by a motor and has seats around its rim

named for G. W. G. Ferris 1859–1896 American engineer

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