Definition of pinwheel in English:


Syllabification: pin·wheel
Pronunciation: /ˈpinˌ(h)wēl
chiefly North American


  • 1A child’s toy consisting of a stick with colored vanes that twirl in the wind.
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    • Use a 1/2-inch piece of drinking straw as a spacer between the pinwheel and the stick.
    • They used pinwheels to create a mock wind farm in a prominent location on campus.
    • Tactics like putting a beach ball within the area they are disturbing and letting it blow in the wind and using scarecrows, balloons, and pinwheels can deter them.
  • 1.1A fireworks device that whirls and emits colored fire.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2Something shaped or rotating like a pinwheel.
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    • 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.


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  • Spin or rotate like a pinwheel.
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    • 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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