cartwheel

noun
cart·​wheel | \ ˈkärt-ˌhwēl How to pronounce cartwheel (audio) , -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

Broadway dancer Tommy Bracco was forced to two-step (and cartwheel) his way out of the Big Brother house Thursday night after being evicted by his peers. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Tommy Bracco of Big Brother reveals his biggest regret in the game," 13 Sep. 2019 Over 40 minutes, Haynes managed to navigate the plane to Sioux City and bring it to the ground, where a wing plowed into the ground and sent the plane into a cartwheel. chicagotribune.com, "Al Haynes, pilot who saved 184 lives by guiding Chicago-bound United Flight 232 into crash landing at Iowa airport in 1989, dies," 28 Aug. 2019 Walz followed that up with a cartwheel video of his own. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Louisville basketball's Jeff Walz is flipping out — in a good way," 30 July 2019 The 21-year-old gets creative with funky-patterned socks for his races and celebrates with the latest dance crazes or cartwheels. SI.com, "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 These typically include stunts such as cartwheels and aerials, as well as step dancing both inside and outside of the ropes. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "A double-dutch championship has returned to Connecticut and there are high hopes for the future of the sport here," 15 June 2019 By age 4, when most preschoolers are able to perform a wobbly cartwheel at best, Ohashi had mastered a back handspring. Marie Claire, "Katelyn Ohashi Takes a Bow," 19 Apr. 2019 There have been cartwheels and stomp troupes and rollerblading barbie dolls. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 The routine ended with a double one-handed cartwheel from Maddie and Kenzie. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler Danced to Sia During "Dancing With the Stars: Juniors"," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her mind cartwheeled, imagining a sibling for her daughter, a small baby to hold, even for a little while. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s been bounced through more than a dozen foster homes. And she’s just 6," 24 Aug. 2019 According to the report, the witness said the plane climbed up to 100 feet before descending and cartwheeling onto the water upside down with seven people on board. baltimoresun.com, "Report: Floatplane in Alaska crash that killed Annapolis businessman hit swell or wave," 1 Aug. 2019 Adults sat in lawn chairs or on blankets while kids darted around the grass, cartwheeling, throwing frisbees and laughing. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "As Detroit fireworks crowd builds, music and fun fill the air at Hart Plaza," 24 June 2019 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

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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 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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