Denizione di  windmill - dizionario di inglese del sito - definizione traduzione e spiegazione grammaticale

Definizione monolingua windmill



windmill (third-person singular simple present windmills, present participle windmilling, simple past and past participle windmilled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To rotate (itself) with a sweeping motion.
    She ran down the hill, windmilling her arms with glee.
    • 1999, Jon Sharpe, Texas Hellion:
      True to her word, her hips windmilled in a frenzy.
    • 2005, Gideon Defoe, The Pirates!: in an adventure with Ahab, page 140:
      As the Pirate Captain strained at the ham, the whale began to spasm and buck about in the water. Its tail thrashed wildly up and down. Its flippers windmilled in the air uselessly.
  2. (intransitive) Of a rotating part of a machine, to (become disengaged and) rotate freely.
    The axle broke and the wheel windmilled in place briefly before careening through the wall.
    • 2000, Walter J. Boyne, Philip Handleman, Brasseys Air Combat Reader, page 18:
      When he went to switch on his rotary engine again, the Le Rhone refused to pick up. Nothing happened! The propeller simply windmilled in the slip stream. Garros knew immediately what was wrong and cursed himself for his imbecility.
    • 2004, Deborah Bedford, If I Had You:
      The propeller windmilled in front of them. Creede tried to start the engine. It growled like something angry, died away. ""Were ... gonna have to ... ride this thing ... to the ground.""
    • 2006, James R. Hansen, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, page 134:
      [...] the propeller blade on number-four engine windmilled in the air stream. ""I wasnt too concerned about it, really,"" recalls Butchart. ""B-29 engines are not all that dependable.""

windmill (plural windmills)

  1. A machine which translates linear motion of wind to rotational motion by means of adjustable vanes called sails.
  2. The structure containing such machinery.
  3. A childs toy consisting of vanes mounted on a stick that rotate when blown by a person or by the wind.
  4. (basketball) A dunk where the dunker swings his arm in a circular motion before throwing the ball through the hoop.
  5. A guitar move where the strumming hand mimics a turning windmill.
  6. (juggling) The false shower.

Definizione italiano>inglese windmill

mulino a vento
  A machine for grinding or pumping driven by a set of adjustable vanes or sails that are caused to turn by the force of the wind. (Source: CED)
  child's toy

Altri significati:

Traduzione 'veloce'

mulino a vento ,girandola

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