Ferris wheel

Fer·​ris wheel | \ ˈfer-əs- How to pronounce Ferris wheel (audio) , 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

First Known Use of Ferris wheel

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ferris wheel

G. W. G. Ferris †1896 American engineer

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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 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Ferris wheel

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

Ferris wheel

Fer·​ris wheel | \ ˈfer-əs- How to pronounce Ferris wheel (audio) \

Kids Definition of Ferris wheel

: 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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