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 The energy caused was as uneven, as straight lopsided as a Kardashian cartwheel, as a Nate Newton backflip. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are healed from whatever ailed them," 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, "Minnesota United bows out of MLS is Back Tournament with 3-1 loss to Orlando City," 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, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Can Swim 'Quite Well,' According to Proud Dad Prince William," 26 Nov. 2019 My daughter is doing cartwheels in the front lawn this weekend. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Nate Oats has message about ‘idiots’ online after daughter defends family," 10 Mar. 2020 That laser-focus helped her pull off a cartwheel in the middle of a routine with the Colombian dance group Swing Latino, along with an instantly-viral slide across the stage. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "Jennifer Lopez Explains Every Hidden Message In Her Super Bowl Performance," 8 Feb. 2020 Six-year-old acrobat Aurelia also met Kate, and was told that Charlotte and George also like to do gymnastics, including handstands and cartwheels. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Loves Performing and Doing Cartwheels, Kate Middleton Reveals," 19 Nov. 2019 Quarterback Nathan Rourke took the snap and Meservy feigned a screen route, complete with his cartwheel; Rourke found Adam Luehrman for a 25-yard gain to set Ohio up in the red zone and the Bobcats scored the next play. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Perfect 10: Ohio Bobcats lineman Hagen Meservy does cartwheel during play vs. Western Michigan," 14 Nov. 2019 Swords flashing in the morning sun, the young women twirl, cartwheel and then kick in unison, finishing their graceful movements in a centuries old kung fu fighting stance. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal boost their health in the fight for women's rights," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "On Veterans Day, meet all 26 of Louisiana's Medal of Honor recipients," 10 Nov. 2020 Do your own three-legged races, toss-your-shoe contests and cartwheel competitions. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No fireworks, parades or community gatherings? Here's what your family can do on the 4th of July instead.," 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, "Betsey Johnson: Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self," 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, "Betsey Johnson: Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self," 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, "New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Betsey Johnson to Pot in San Francisco," 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, "Betsey Johnson: Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self," 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, "Betsey Johnson: Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self," 16 Apr. 2020 There are spiders that cartwheel across the desert, and some salamanders back-flip down boulders. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Ants Have a Revolutionary Escape Strategy," 13 Mar. 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 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for cartwheel

cartwheel

noun
How to pronounce cartwheel (audio)

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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