Catherine-wheel window
Catherine wheel Cath"er*ine wheel` [So called from St. Catherine of Alexandria, who is represented with a wheel, in allusion to her martyrdom.] 1. (Geoth.Arth.) Same as {Rose window} and {Wheel window}. Called also {Catherine-wheel window}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Pyrotechny) A revolving piece of fireworks resembling in form the window of the same name. [Written also {Catharine wheel}.] [1913 Webster]


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  • Catherine wheel — may refer to:* Catherine wheel or breaking wheel, an instrument of torturous execution associated with Saint Catherine of Alexandria * Catherine wheel (firework), a type of spinning firework * Catherine wheel (window), a type of spoked circular… …   Wikipedia

  • Catherine wheel — Cath er*ine wheel [So called from St. Catherine of Alexandria, who is represented with a wheel, in allusion to her martyrdom.] 1. (Geoth.Arth.) Same as {Rose window} and {Wheel window}. Called also {Catherine wheel window}. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catherine-wheel — /kathˈ(ə )rin (h)wēl/ noun 1. A rotating firework 2. A rose window (architecture) 3. A wheel set round with teeth (heraldry) 4. A sidewise somersault ORIGIN: From St Catherine of Alexandria (4c), who survived torture on a wheel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catherine wheel — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheel window — noun : a circular window having radiating mullions like the spokes of a wheel compare rose window, wheel tracery * * * a rose window having prominent radiating mullions. Also called Catherine wheel, marigold window. * * * wheel window noun A… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catherine wheel — 1. a firework that revolves on a pin, making a wheel of fire or sparks; pinwheel. 2. See wheel window. Also, catharine wheel. [1175 1225; ME; named after St. CATHERINE of Alexandria, from wheel used to torture her] * * * …   Universalium

  • wheel window — a rose window having prominent radiating mullions. Also called Catherine wheel, marigold window. * * * …   Universalium

  • Catherine wheel — /ˈkæθrən wil/ (say kathruhn weel) noun 1. a firework which rotates as it burns. 2. Architecture → rose window. {named after Saint Catherine} …   Australian English dictionary

  • catherine wheel — n. 1 a firework in the form of a flat coil which spins when fixed and lit. 2 a circular window with radial divisions. Etymology: mod.L Catharina f. Gk Aikaterina name of a saint martyred on a spiked wheel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catherine window — A Catherine window or Rose window is a spoked circular window. It is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria who, was sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it shattered. She was beheaded. The wheel is… …   Wikipedia

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