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pinwheel ‎(plural pinwheels)

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  1. an artificial flower with the stem, usually in plastic, for children; the flower spins round in the wind.
  2. a firework which forms a kind of spinning wheel
  3. A cogged (toothed) gear.



  • 1992, Joyce Carol Oates, Black Water, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 125
    The sun blazing late in the afternoon, this long hilarious day like a pinwheel inexhaustibly throwing off sparks.


pinwheel ‎(third-person singular simple present pinwheels, present participle pinwheeling, simple past and past participle pinwheeled)

  1. To spin.
    The damaged fighter jet pinwheeled out of control, the g forces pushing the pilot so hard he couldn't reach the ejection switch.
    • 2012 November 27, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, New York Time:
      The laws of physics and chemistry transform a meadow of fine powder into a wreckage of icy chunks. Saugstad’s pinwheeling body would freeze into whatever position it was in the moment the snow stopped.