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Dictionary Definition



1 a wheel that has wooden spokes and a metal rim
2 acrobatic revolutions with the body turned sideways and the arms and legs outstretched like the spokes of a wheel
3 a dollar made of silver [syn: silver dollar] v : do cartwheels: perform an acrobatic movement using both hands and feet

User Contributed Dictionary



From cart + wheel.


  1. The literal wheel of a cart.
  2. A gymnastic maneuver whereby the gymnast rotates to one side or the other while keeping arms and legs outstretched, spinning for one or more revolutions.
  3. A silver dollar of the larger size produced before 1979.


The literal wheel of a cart
A gymnastic maneuver
A silver dollar


  1. To perform the gymnastics feat of a cartwheel.
  2. To flip end over end.
    The race car hit a bump and cartwheeled over the finish line.

Extensive Definition

For the acrobatic movement, cartwheel, see Cartwheel (gymnastics). For the galaxy, see Cartwheel Galaxy.
A cartwheel is a large, open structured wheel used on a cart, carriage or wagon. Originally made from wood, usually a hard, tough wood such as hornbeam, cartwheels are now more commonly made of metal.
cart·wheel / Ñ 'kA;twi;l; NAmE Ñ 'kA;rt-/ noun 1a fast physical movement in which you turn in a circle sideways by putting your hands on the ground and bringing your legs, one at a time, over your head: to do / turn cartwheels
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