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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a window, or compartment of a window, of a circular form, with radiating divisions or spokes. See rose-window.
  • n. In heraldry, a wheel with sharp hooks projecting from the tire, supposed to represent the wheel upon which St. Catharine suffered martyrdom.
  • n. A kind of firework having a spiral tube which revolves as the fire issues from it; a pin-wheel.
  • n. In embroidery, a round hole in muslin or other material filled by twisted or braided threads radiating like the spokes of a wheel. Also spelled catherine-wheel.


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  • The feat was greeted with applause, and she went on, making turns and twists, flourishing her skirts, kicking higher and higher, and finally, among a volley of shouts, fell on her hands and turned head over heels in a magnificent catharine-wheel; then scrambling to her feet again, she tumbled into the arms of a young man standing in the front of the ring.

    Liza of Lambeth


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