• WordNet 3.6
    • v pirouette do a pirouette, usually as part of a dance
    • n pirouette (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Connecticut it is illegal to pirouette while crossing the street
    • Pirouette A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing.
    • Pirouette (Man) The whirling about of a horse.
    • v. i Pirouette To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pirouette In dancing, a rapid whirling on one leg or on the points of the toes, as performed by ballet-dancers.
    • n pirouette In the manège, a quick, short turn or whirl of a horse.
    • pirouette To perform a pirouette; turn or whirl on one leg, or on the toes, as in dancing; advance or move along in a series of pirouettes, or short graceful turns, as a horse.
    • n pirouette In old reed-instruments of the oboe class, the globular cup or bowl in which the reed was inclosed and which served as a kind of mouthpiece.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pirouette pir-ōō-et′ a wheeling about, esp. in dancing: the whirling round of a horse on the same ground
    • v.i Pirouette to execute a pirouette
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pirouetter,


In literature:

He was proud of the grace with which he could perform the most difficult pirouettes.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The night has fallen asleep and this is a dream that pirouettes in its head.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
I was able to pirouette and high-kick fairly well.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
It combines pretty attitudes, poses, pirouettes and the several different types of kicking steps that are now so popular.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Jessie suddenly hopped down from the chair arm and began a pirouette about the room, clapping her hands as she danced.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
I cut so strong a pirouette that all my bells jingle, and come down in an attitude, with one hand upon my hip.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She is slipping, Madam, into a terrible abyss, while you and I are gazing, delighted, at her entrechats and pirouettes.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
Maclezova could pirouette without touching the toe in the air to the floor, but it was some prodigious number.
"Interpreters" by Carl Van Vechten
Once Ulfar heard a little cry that was half laughter, as the wind made her pirouette and then stand still to catch her breath.
"A Rose of a Hundred Leaves" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The tall standard bearer or the little girl who pirouettes so gracefully?
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes

In poetry:

—"Ah!… Well, I had thought till my cheek was wet
Of my mother—her voice and mien
When she used to sing and pirouette,
And touse the tambourine
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
Then L—E comes, like him how few
Can caper and can trot in town,
In pirouette or pas de deux —
He beats the famed Monsieur Giroux,
And teaches dancing at the U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
And yet these fine collapses are not lies
More than the pirouettes of any pliant cane;
Our obsequies are, in a way, no enterprise.
We can evade you, and all else but the heart:
What blame to us if the heart live on.
"Chaplinesque" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

In a whirl over Obama's gay marriage pirouette .
Pirouette nylon carpet in Sea Glass by Tandus, 800-248-2878.
At the New JetBlue Terminal, Passengers May Pirouette to Gate 3.
We're doing pirouettes for this former ballerina's elegant creations.
In a whirl over Obama's gay marriage pirouette.
YouTube is awash in pirouettes.
To have Amy Marie Briones, in pointe shoes, whirl pirouettes at center of her barrel-turning male colleagues was inspired.
To control the direction of a heli during a pirouette, pick an imaginary rference line passing through its center.
We have had the pleasure of watching Roper 's personal journey unspool, a pirouette in slow motion.
Punts, pirouettes, a Plymouth promotion and Polish pride were all on point in Schenectady in October 1968.
While Dorfman does soup up the funk moves with technical dance steps—such as stag leaps, pirouettes, dive rolls, and sweeping lifts—the choreography grows most interesting in the sections not fueled by the music.
Natalie Portman pirouettes into madness.
Natalie Portman pirouettes to the dark side in this ballet thriller.
The sequences are based on choreography you may have seen female ballet dancers perform: twirls and pirouettes in tutus and tiaras.

In science:

Of geophysical importance may also be that the tilt of the heliospheric current sheet is strongly correlated with the sunspot number (Pishkalo et al. 2006), i.e., the “ballerina skirt” is flat during the solar minimum and highly warped during the solar maximum, as you expect for slower and faster pirouettes.
Astrophysics in 2006