• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Catherine-wheel kath′e-rin-hwēl (archit.) an ornamented window or compartment of a window, of a circular form, with radiating divisions of various colours:
    • n Catherine-wheel kath′e-rin-hwēl (her.) a wheel set round with teeth: a kind of firework which in burning rotates like a wheel
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From St Catherine of Alexandria, whom legend makes to suffer martyrdom in the 4th century by torture on a wheel.


In literature:

As if any one would expect him to have a burning Catherine wheel in his button-hole.
"All Things Considered" by G. K. Chesterton
HITCHCOCK, at the Catherine Wheel, Beckhampton.
"Notes & Queries 1849.12.01" by Various
She swung round the yard, doubled in two, making circles like a Catherine-wheel about him until the old blackguard was mesmerised.
"Waysiders" by Seumas O'Kelly
He could set off rockets and Roman candles and Catherine wheels.
"New Faces" by Myra Kelly
Tuesday night more rockets, with a few Catherine-wheels thrown in.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 23, 1917" by Various
Her eyes were going round like flaming catherine wheels, but there are certain requests which one has not the option of refusing.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
After which he went away as a catherine-wheel, and I saw him no more.
"A Great Emergency and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
The others were watching him much as they would a catherine-wheel that refused to ignite.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
Even the Crystal Palace, empty-headed as it is, felt that this was no time for Catherine-wheels.
"The Book of Dragons" by Edith Nesbit
Above the central door is usually seen, in the later Lombard churches, a S. Catherine's-wheel window.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin

In news:

Black Metallic Catherine Wheel Listen Live.
For Americans, July 4th is the night for dazzling displays of roman candles and Catherine wheels.