pirouette

Part of speech: noun

A rapid whirling upon the toes in dancing.

Part of speech: noun

Manege. A sudden turn of a horse.

Part of speech: verb

Pirouette.

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Usage examples "pirouette":

  1. The 'Twickenham' seems to perform a sort of educated monkey kind of ridiculously decorous pirouette and entrechat before the 'Pryme. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. Suddenly the dancer, with a blinding pirouette, wound her veils modestly about her, saluted Harland with a profound, mocking courtesy, and then pointing to the table wafted herself away. - "A Republic Without a President and Other Stories", Herbert Ward.
  3. The whole neighbourhood was proud of the shop, and no one again thought of referring to the kitchen in the Rue Pirouette, where a man had died. - "The Fat and the Thin", Emile Zola.