cartwheel

noun
cart·​wheel | \ˈkärt-ˌhwēl, -ˌwēl\

Definition of cartwheel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large coin (such as a silver dollar)

2 : a lateral handspring with arms and legs extended

cartwheel

verb
cartwheeled; cartwheeling; cartwheels

Definition of cartwheel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move like a turning wheel specifically : to perform cartwheels

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Other Words from cartwheel

Verb

cartwheeler noun

Examples of cartwheel in a Sentence

Noun

The children turned cartwheels and somersaults on the grass.

Verb

She cartwheeled across the floor. The car hit the pole and then cartwheeled across the road.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the beach in summer sitting next to a campfire in a big chunky sweater with family and friends watching kids running around doing cartwheels. 28. Team Marie Claire, Marie Claire, "Molly Ringwald, Teen Movie Queen and 'Riverdale' Star, on What Makes Her Tick," 25 July 2018 Rooms big enough to do cartwheels, bathrooms with soaking tubs, and a swanky piano bar add to its appeal. Elise Craig, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in San Francisco," 28 Feb. 2018 When Isner’s final forehand sailed wide, Anderson could have been excused for doing cartwheels or at the very least multiple fist pumps on the grass. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018 Some did cartwheel flips while running across the field. Washington Post, "Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida," 19 June 2018 Ireland’s Robbie Keane famously did a cartwheel, while Denmark’s Brian Laudrup, in 1998, posed on the ground like a swimsuit model at the beach. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup of Boring Celebrations," 13 July 2018 Some girls did cartwheels on the grass while a couple of people danced. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 July 2018 But Brown gracefully twists in a cartwheel and then rounds into a backflip — a perfect copy of the kid. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "A D.C. police officer and a kid had a backflip contest. The results went viral.," 3 July 2018 Video circulated Tuesday of Fultz delightfully performing cartwheels on concrete. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Markelle Fultz showed off his apparently healthy shoulder by doing cartwheels," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Claire tweaked her Gypsy Rose design, adding a layer of sparkles under the flowy dress's embroidery to boost its glam factor — and a back slit to make sure Linda could easily cartwheel without ripping her gown, the designer wrote in a blog post. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Property Brothers Fans, Bet You Didn't Notice This About Linda Phan's Wedding Dress," 1 June 2018 Vukovich's car wound up cartwheeling outside an outer wall and on fire. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Tragedies at the track, from 2 defending champs to a trespasser and a teen," 22 May 2018 And amid such a tumultuous political climate, a little compassion — by way of a six-foot-tall queen cartwheeling across the stage in a floor-length gown — may be just what pop culture needs, argues Mattel. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Has pop culture finally caught up with RuPaul? Why 'Drag Race' is thriving, 10 seasons in," 5 Apr. 2018 Built to Spill plays cartwheeling, daydreaming tunes that float above it all, while Afghan Whigs specializes in darker dirges from down below. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "‘Eva’ premiere, Brett Eldredge show among top things to do in Indianapolis this April," 4 Apr. 2018 London is a huge, ungainly beast whose cartwheeling urban life is in cranky, irrational disarray. Bruce Sterling, The Atlantic, "Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'," 12 Feb. 2018 The Austrian great won that race three days after walking away unhurt from a spectacular cartwheeling crash in downhill. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Austria's Matthias Mayer wins Olympic super-G, breaks Norway's streak," 15 Feb. 2018 First one grouse, a puff of exploded feathers, and the dead bird cartwheeled to earth. William Booth, Washington Post, "For Britain’s tweed-and-shotgun set, ‘It’s warfare.’ Over a bird on the moors.," 23 Dec. 2017 Turnovers and penalties by the Trojans kept it fairly close, but freshman Stephen Carr added 119 yards rushing, and Jones cartwheeled into the end zone with a clinching 23-yard TD run with 4:15 to play. USA TODAY, "Top 25 Capsules," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cartwheel

Noun

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined above

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cartwheel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cartwheel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an athletic movement in which you move sideways by placing one hand and then the other on the ground, lifting your feet into the air, and then landing on one foot and then the other foot

cartwheel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cartwheel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do a cartwheel

: to spin or turn over in a violent and uncontrolled way

cartwheel

noun
cart·​wheel | \ˈkärt-ˌhwēl, -ˌwēl\

Kids Definition of cartwheel

: a handspring made to the side with arms and legs sticking out

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