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pinwheel

  

      n  
1       another name for       Catherine wheel       1  
2    a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel  
3       the U.S. and Canadian name for       windmill       3  
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Catherine wheel  
      n  
1      (Also called)    pinwheel          a type of firework consisting of a powder-filled spiral tube, mounted with a pin through its centre. When lit it rotates quickly, producing a display of sparks and coloured flame  
2    a circular window having ribs radiating from the centre  
     (C16: named after St Catherine of Alexandria)  


pinwheel         
      n  
1       another name for       Catherine wheel       1  
2    a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel  
3       the U.S. and Canadian name for       windmill       3  

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windmill  
      n  
1    a machine for grinding or pumping driven by a set of adjustable vanes or sails that are caused to turn by the force of the wind  
2    the set of vanes or sails that drives such a mill  
3      (Also called)    whirligig     (Brit)   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,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    pinwheel         
4    an imaginary opponent or evil (esp. in the phrase tilt at or fight windmills)  
5    a small air-driven propeller fitted to a light aircraft to drive auxiliary equipment  
   Compare       ram-air turbine  
6       an informal name for       helicopter  
7       an informal name for       propeller       1  
      vb  
8    to move or cause to move like the arms of a windmill  
9    intr   (of an aircraft propeller, rotor of a turbine, etc.) to rotate as a result of the force of a current of air rather than under power  


pinwheel         
      n  
1       another name for       Catherine wheel       1  
2    a cogwheel whose teeth are formed by small pins projecting either axially or radially from the rim of the wheel  
3       the U.S. and Canadian name for       windmill       3  

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printwheel, pine, pineal, pinene

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