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windmill

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Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.
George Bernard Shaw
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Noun

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Singular
windmill

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  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 child's 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.

Translations

machinery

structure

child's toy

Verb

Infinitive
to windmill

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to windmill (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To rotate with a sweeping motion.
    She ran down the hill, windmilling her arms with glee.
  2. 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.

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