Definition of pinwheel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪnwiːl/
chiefly North American


1A small firework resembling a Catherine wheel.
Example sentences
  • As the first pinwheel of light burst, the sparks seemed to race forward to capture Emily.
  • As usual, we lashed firecrackers and pyrotechnics to the frame, stuffed a mortar in its mouth, and added a blazing pinwheel for the beast's eye.
  • We are near the edge of the pinwheel so we move pretty quickly.
1.1Something shaped or rotating like a pinwheel.
Example sentences
  • In it, two pinwheels of triangles are set inside the curves of a large horizontal S shape.
  • Roadmap-patterned wallpaper lined the elevator's interior, and an array of pinwheels and movable disk sculptures were laid out on shelves.
  • They do things that Streb finds real - moves called dominoes, slices, ex-flips, inside-outs, sparkles, pinwheels, sidelines, and slams.


[no object]
Spin or rotate like a pinwheel: his car pinwheeled into a barrier
More example sentences
  • But to visit in the spring or fall, when millions of birds are pinwheeling through the heavens, is to realize that there are other, much older claims here, too.
  • Threatening or dishonest telegrams, or anonymous notes pushed under the door, set several plots pinwheeling.
  • She pinwheeled end-over-end and out of sight as I hopped up and down, holding my right foot and grimacing like Oliver Hardy.

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