Catherine-wheel meaning

kăthər-ĭn, kăthrĭn
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A breaking wheel.
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(chiefly heraldry) The image of a breaking wheel, or wheel with spikes on it.
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A firework that rotates when lit.
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(gymnastics) A cartwheel move.
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Origin of catherine-wheel

  • After Saint Catherine of Alexandria (died ad 307), who was condemned to be tortured on a wheel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition