pinwheel
I. noun Date: 1869 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 (as a galaxy) shaped like a pinwheel II. intransitive verb Date: circa 1934 to move like a pinwheel

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  • Pinwheel — * Pinwheel (TV series), a children s show on Nickelodeon that ran from 1979 1989 ** Pinwheel (TV channel), a channel which would later be the Nickelodeon channel * Pinwheel (origami), a piece of folded paper used in the Tamatebako * Pinwheel… …   Wikipedia

  • pinwheel — [pin′hwēl΄, pin′wēl΄] n. 1. a small wheel with variously colored vanes of paper, etc., pinned to a stick so as to revolve in the wind 2. a fireworks device that revolves and throws off colored lights when set off vi. to rotate as a pinwheel does; …   English World dictionary

  • pinwheel — (n.) 1690s, a wheel in the striking train of a clock in which pins are fixed to lift the hammer, from PIN (Cf. pin) (n.) + WHEEL (Cf. wheel) (n.). Fireworks sense is from 1869 …   Etymology dictionary

  • pinwheel — ► NOUN 1) a small cogwheel in which the teeth are formed by pins set into the rim. 2) a small Catherine wheel …   English terms dictionary

  • Pinwheel — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Pinwheel, un dispositif de cryptographie. Nickelodeon, anciennement appelé Pinwheel, un réseau de télévision par câble américain destiné aux enfants… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pinwheel — chiefly N. Amer. noun 1》 a small Catherine wheel firework. 2》 something shaped or rotating like a pinwheel. verb spin or rotate like a pinwheel …   English new terms dictionary

  • pinwheel — noun 1. perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels • Syn: ↑Aeonium haworthii • Hypernyms: ↑subshrub, ↑suffrutex • Member Holonyms: ↑Aeonium, ↑genus Aeonium …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinwheel — /pin hweel , weel /, n. 1. a child s toy consisting of a wheel or leaflike curls of paper or plastic loosely attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown by or as by the wind. 2. Also called catherine wheel. a kind of firework… …   Universalium

  • pinwheel — pin•wheel [[t]ˈpɪnˌ(h)wil, ˌwil[/t]] n. 1) gam a toy consisting of a small wheel with paper or plastic vanes attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown 2) a firework that revolves rapidly on a pin when ignited, making a wheel of …   From formal English to slang

  • Pinwheel — Pinwheels (engl. „Windrädchen“) sind eine Struktur in der funktionalen Architektur des primären visuellen Cortex (Sehrinde) der Säugetiere. Viele Nervenzellen im visuellen Cortex weisen eine bevorzugte Reizorientierung auf, so dass sie am… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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