potter's wheel

noun

Definition of potter's wheel

: a usually horizontal disk revolving on a vertical spindle and carrying the clay being shaped by a potter

Illustration of potter's wheel

Illustration of potter's wheel

Examples of potter's wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each of the individual parts of her sculptures is formed on the potter's wheel of stoneware clay and then is altered and assembled. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'potter's wheel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of potter's wheel

1567, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about potter's wheel

Time Traveler for potter's wheel

Time Traveler

The first known use of potter's wheel was in 1567

See more words from the same year

Statistics for potter's wheel

Cite this Entry

“Potter's wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potter%27s%20wheel. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for potter's wheel

potter's wheel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potter's wheel

: a machine with a flat disk on which a potter shapes wet clay into pots as it spins

More from Merriam-Webster on potter's wheel

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about potter's wheel

Comments on potter's wheel

What made you want to look up potter's wheel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!