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cartwheel

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

Definition of cartwheel

1 :a large coin (such as a silver dollar)
2 :a lateral handspring with arms and legs extended

Examples of cartwheel in a Sentence

  1. The children turned cartwheels and somersaults on the grass.

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First Known Use of cartwheel

1855


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cartwheel

verb

Definition of cartwheel

intransitive verb
:to move like a turning wheel; specifically :to perform cartwheels

cartwheeler

noun

Examples of cartwheel in a Sentence

  1. She cartwheeled across the floor.

  2. The car hit the pole and then cartwheeled across the road.

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First Known Use of cartwheel

1917


CARTWHEEL Defined for English Language Learners

cartwheel

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noun

Definition of cartwheel for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cartwheel for English Language Learners

  • : to do a cartwheel

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


CARTWHEEL Defined for Kids

cartwheel

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

Definition of cartwheel for Students

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


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