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pinwheel

noun pin·wheel \ ˈpin-ˌhwēl , -ˌwēl \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of pinwheel

1 : a fireworks device in the form of a revolving wheel of colored fire
2 : a toy consisting of lightweight vanes that revolve at the end of a stick
3 : something (such as a galaxy) shaped like a pinwheel

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First Known Use of pinwheel

1765

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pinwheel

verb

Definition of pinwheel

: to move like a pinwheel

Examples of pinwheel in a Sentence

  1. the kayaker had got sucked into the whirlpool, and his kayak was pinwheeling helplessly

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First Known Use of pinwheel

1907

in the meaning defined above

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pinwheel Synonyms


PINWHEEL Defined for English Language Learners

pinwheel

Definition of pinwheel for English Language Learners

  • : a toy that has a set of thin blades that are arranged like a fan on the end of a stick and that spin like a wheel when air is blown on them

  • : a type of firework that spins like a wheel


PINWHEEL Defined for Kids

pinwheel

noun pin·wheel \ ˈpin-ˌhwēl , -ˌwēl \

Definition of pinwheel for Students

: a toy with fanlike blades at the end of a stick that spin in the wind


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