cartwheel

noun
cart·​wheel | \ ˈkärt-ˌ(h)wēl How to pronounce cartwheel (audio) \

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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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 One picture featured the mom of two smiling and touching her face close to her daughter's, as another showed Vivian practicing a cartwheel while on a beach. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 8 Dec. 2021 One picture featured the former supermodel smiling and touching her face close to her daughter's, as another showed Vivian practicing a cartwheel while on a beach. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Rapper Saweetie posted a string of triumphant confetti, teary-eyed, heart, party, sparkle, cartwheel and praying emojis on Instagram after landing her first two Grammy nominations for rap song and best new artist. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 After falling on an aerial cartwheel during her beam routine, Biles was in tears while preparing for the floor exercise with her coach, Laurent Landi. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 27 June 2021 At one point, Waller-Bridge does a cartwheel using Styles’s legs for support, which is cool and impressive. Chris Murphy, Vulture, 1 Jan. 2021 The energy caused was as uneven, as straight lopsided as a Kardashian cartwheel, as a Nate Newton backflip. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Aug. 2020 Nani celebrated his second goal with a cartwheel and backflip that in no way proved to be premature on a night when the Loons didn’t get their first shot on target until the Raheem Edwards’ powerful free kick in the 75th minute. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 6 Aug. 2020 The royal mom told the talented performer that George and Charlotte also loved doing acrobatics at home, particularly handstands and cartwheels. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others ran to center field to cartwheel or do backflips — surprising energy after a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes. Travis Johnson, ajc, 23 Oct. 2021 Others ran to center field to cartwheel or do backflips — surprising energy after a game that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes. Travis Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The ensuing impact upon the water caused the aircraft to cartwheel and severely damage the front cockpit, making escape for Capt. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 10 Nov. 2020 Do your own three-legged races, toss-your-shoe contests and cartwheel competitions. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2020 Now 77, Johnson has released Betsey: A Memoir, a chronicle of her life so far, and a fashion legacy that’s, yes, cartwheeled her right into our hearts. Betsey Johnson, refinery29.com, 17 Apr. 2020 Now 77, Johnson has released Betsey: A Memoir, a chronicle of her life so far, and a fashion legacy that’s, yes, cartwheeled her right into our hearts. Betsey Johnson, refinery29.com, 17 Apr. 2020 From youthful escapades with the Velvet Underground to adult ones cartwheeling down fashion runways, the designer recounts a life spent building her personal brand. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020 Now 77, Johnson has released Betsey: A Memoir, a chronicle of her life so far, and a fashion legacy that’s, yes, cartwheeled her right into our hearts. Betsey Johnson, refinery29.com, 17 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of cartwheel was in 1855

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“Cartwheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cartwheel. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce cartwheel (audio) , -ˌwēl \

Kids Definition of cartwheel

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

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