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Definition of "cartwheel" []

  • A handspring in which the body turns over sideways with the arms and legs spread like the spokes of a wheel. (noun)
  • Slang A large coin, such as a silver dollar. (noun)
  • To execute a cartwheel. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cartwheel" in a sentence
  • "But the video shows the disastrous so-called cartwheel effect if the aircraft doesn't hit the water just right."
  • "It rose to seventy-six in 1891 but then declined rapidly to sixty in 1898, and during the next three years the intrinsic value of a "cartwheel" was just about half its legal tender value."
  • "Then they made a kind of cartwheel; their heads were in the centre of this cartwheel and their tails pointed out."