pinwheel

noun
pin·wheel | \ ˈpin-ˌhwēl , -ˌwēl \

Definition of pinwheel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

pinwheel

verb
pinwheeled; pinwheeling; pinwheels

Definition of pinwheel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move like a pinwheel

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Synonyms for pinwheel

Synonyms: Verb

gyrate, pirouette, revolve, roll, rotate, spin, turn, twirl, wheel, whirl

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Examples of pinwheel in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Parkland, Stoneman Douglas students rose before sunrise Wednesday to place hundreds of pinwheels around campus to mark the anniversary. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "What's next for the movement against gun violence after National Walkout Day," 15 Mar. 2018 You will be riveted by a baby giggling over a spinning pinwheel. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "On the Fourth of July, count your San Diego blessings," 2 July 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Long before the pinwheel symbol was corrupted by the Nazis to become the swastika, many ancient cultures saw it as a symbol of life, luck and well-being. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One segment features a troupe dancing among the reflections of Johnson’s Glass House (1949), and the second films the same troupe emoting physically in the landscaped courtyards of Schindler’s pinwheeling wood-and-glass house on King’s Road (1922). Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "In Three Famous Houses, Modern Living Unwinds," 28 June 2018 Raw and wintry Sunday moisture will continue to pinwheel down from the north and bring more clouds and the chance for a few snow showers. David Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "We’re about to have an unusually cold weekend," 23 Mar. 2018 Lobes of cold air are pinwheeling around a central point in the vortex, located over Hudson Bay. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Super Bowl LII will probably be the coldest on record. Good thing it’s in a dome.," 29 Jan. 2018 The hideaways, outfitted with cots, have been home to Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, key staffers and, in some cases, their families, since Hurricane Maria brutally pinwheeled through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "San Juan’s mayor says her life is inside out, but she’s working to right Puerto Rico while taking on Trump," 20 Oct. 2017 Rooms pinwheel off this central opening, each one timbered, clad, coffered or paneled in some local wood and detailed with the meticulous craft of a Japanese tea house, a far cry from modernism’s utilitarian open plan. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon’ Review: The Architectural Prince of Portland," 4 July 2017 However, one of the director's signature visuals, involving lines and images pinwheeling with a whooshing sound, can't help but evoke commercial advertisements in which some substance returns to a bottle. Alissa Simon, chicagotribune.com, "'The Girl Without Hands' review: A Grimm fairy tale rendered in watercolor," 10 Aug. 2017 Dixon would spin and hit the top of the wall on his side, burst momentarily into flames, then pinwheel down the track with his car splintering around him before coming to a stop. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "Indy 500: Takuma Sato win shows greatest spectacle in racing has become most fickle (photos, video)," 29 May 2017 There’s a nice scene in which Terry and Bob give chase, their dark bodies popping against the background, Mr. Skarsgard’s long limbs pinwheeling. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘War on Everyone’ Is Missing Some Crucial Components," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of pinwheel

Noun

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1907, in the meaning defined above

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pinwheel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pinwheel

: 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

noun
pin·wheel | \ ˈpin-ˌhwēl , -ˌwēl \

Kids Definition of pinwheel

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

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