- a small wheel with variously colored vanes of paper, plastic, etc., pinned to a stick so as to revolve in the wind
- a fireworks device that revolves and throws off colored lights when set off
to rotate as a pinwheel does; whirl; spin
- A toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic pinned to a stick so that they revolve when blown on.
- A firework that forms a rotating wheel of colored flames. Also called catherine wheel .
- A wheel with a circle of pins at right angles to its face, used as a tripping device.
(third-person singular simple present pinwheels, present participle pinwheeling, simple past and past participle pinwheeled)
- To spin.
- The damaged fighter jet pinwheeled out of control, the g forces pushing the pilot so hard he couldn't reach the ejection switch.
- Tiny Shiny has instructions for a crane, box, parrot, pinwheel, and other simple projects for origami beginners.
- The Sharingan power is marked by red eyes with black detail and can be several different shapes (but not to be confused with the red cat eyes of Naruto), and the Mangekyu one (pinwheel shape) in particular is one of the most popular styles.
- Some floor cheers are specifically designed to be used on the sidelines of the court, seated in the "pinwheel" position, pom-poms set aside while the hands are used as percussion instruments on the floor, the legs, or clapping together.
- An actual shuriken or ninja star is often constructed of thin metal with four pointed ends similar to a pinwheel.
- Lay the first set of triangles on top of the second set at a 90 degree angle so that it resembles a pinwheel.