Definition of Ferris wheel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Ferris wheel

BrE BrE//ˈferɪs wiːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪs wiːl//
(especially North American English) (British English also big wheel)
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a large wheel which stands in a vertical position at an amusement park, with seats hanging at its edge for people to ride in Word Originlate 19th cent.: named after George Ferris (1859–96), the American engineer who invented it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Ferris wheel

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