mill wheel


: a waterwheel that drives a mill

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another familiar location is the Sanderson home (complete with the mill wheel on the side) which has gone from being hidden away in the woods to sitting on a bustling city street thanks to urban development in Salem. Joey Nolfi,, 30 June 2022 Meadow Branch Creek runs from northeast to southwest through the property, providing the stream of water that drove the mill wheel. Madison Bateman, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 Conquest was the mill wheel of the early medieval world. Shelley Puhak, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 Water turning a mill wheel, serving nothing but artifice. Richie Hofmann, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 The channel will feature a variety of mill wheels, lock gates, flaps, forks and collecting areas for visitors to manipulate and explore. Aegis Staff Report,, 22 Nov. 2019 The net effect is to enhance the diversity and abundance of pests, thus driving the pesticide mill wheel. Debal Deb, Scientific American, 16 Oct. 2019 It is composed of thousands of pieces of colorful cut glass that together make a unified image of the Patuxent River, local wildlife, a mill wheel, mountain laurel bushes and a river goddess. Mary Schneidau Sullivan,, 7 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mill wheel was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mill wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

mill wheel

: a waterwheel that drives a mill
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