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Meaning of pinwheel

pin•wheel

Pronunciation: (pin'hwēl", -wēl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a child's toy consisting of a wheel or leaflike curls of paper or plastic loosely attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown by or as by the wind.
  2. Also calleda kind of firework supported on a pin which, when ignited, revolves rapidly and gives a dazzling display of light.
  3. a wheel having pins at right angles to its rim for engaging the teeth of a gear.
—v.i.
  1. to revolve rapidly like a pinwheel: Images of the past pinwheeled through his mind.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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