catherine wheel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n catherine wheel a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Catherine wheel (Pyrotechny) A revolving piece of fireworks resembling in form the window of the same name.
    • Catherine wheel (Geoth.Arth) Same as Rose window and Wheel window. Called also Catherine-wheel window.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from St. Catherine, of Alexandria, who is represented with a wheel, in allusion to her martyrdom

Usage

In literature:

Did I guess aright when I judged that it was a fatty substance that preserved the Epeira from the snares of her sticky Catherine-wheel?
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
The Catherine wheels became mere revolving glow-worms.
"The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome
Did I guess aright when I judged that it was a fatty substance that preserved the Epeira from the snares of her sticky Catherine-wheel?
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
I've been begging and begging of you for hours, and my head is going to Catherine wheels for want of it.
"Seven Little Australians" by Ethel Sybil Turner
Wild asters burned rosily, like small Catherine wheels half extinguished.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Scores of daring projects went Catherine-wheeling through his mind as he steered seaward through the white enchanted world.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
St. Catherine's left hand rests upon a wheel with spiked rim, which, as we have seen, is her usual emblem.
"Correggio" by Estelle M. Hurll
In our picture of St. Catherine, and in others like it, she is shown standing by a wheel.
"Raphael" by Estelle M. Hurll
What in the world is this sudden discharge of fireworks and Catherine-wheels upon your pastor?
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
My heaven would coruscate like a catherine wheel, with white-hot star-stones.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
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In news:

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