[pin-hweel, -weel] /ˈpɪnˌʰwil, -ˌwil/

a child’s toy consisting of a or leaflike curls of paper or plastic loosely attached by a to a stick, designed to revolve when blown by or as by the wind.
Also called catherine wheel. a kind of firework supported on a which, when ignited, revolves rapidly and gives a dazzling display of light.
a having at right angles to its rim for engaging the teeth of a gear.
verb (used without object)
to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel:
Images of the past pinwheeled through his mind.
another name for Catherine wheel (sense 1)
a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel
(US & Canadian) a toy consisting of plastic or paper vanes attached to a stick in such a manner that they revolve like the sails of a windmill Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) windmill, whirligig

also pin-wheel, 1690s, “a wheel in the striking train of a clock in which pins are fixed to lift the hammer,” from pin (n.) + wheel (n.). Fireworks sense is from 1869.


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