waterwheel

noun
wa·ter·wheel | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌhwēl, -ˌwēl, ˈwä-\

Definition of waterwheel 

1 : a wheel made to rotate by direct action of water

2 : a wheel for raising water

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The press was run by a waterwheel that frequently got jammed by fish. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 There are jetty lights, shiplights, brass lanterns, searchlights, deck lights plus porthole windows, a waterwheel in the yard and plenty of places to sit on the dock of the bay. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Heir of boat-shaped house, long on the market, drops anchor, waits for a buyer (photos)," 30 Apr. 2018 Still the wind blows, the rain falls, the waterwheel goes round. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Isao Takahata, poignant Japanese director who co-founded Studio Ghibli, dies at 82," 8 Apr. 2018 Our cells generate fuel with one such engine, a gigantic protein called ATP synthase, which acts like a kind of molecular waterwheel. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body," 26 Dec. 2017 On this 27,000-acre property, the formal Ford Complex gives way to pastureland, hills, lakes, log cabins, and the Mountain Campus, where an old mill and waterwheel make a great spot for a photo op. Jennifer Chappell Smith, Southern Living, "The South’s Most Beautiful Colleges," 16 Aug. 2017 On this 27,000-acre property, the formal Ford Complex gives way to pastureland, hills, lakes, log cabins, and the Mountain Campus, where an old mill and waterwheel make a great spot for a photo op. Jennifer Chappell Smith, Southern Living, "The South’s Most Beautiful Colleges," 15 Aug. 2017 So is a giant waterwheel by artist Lauren Bon, which will be installed on a park-adjacent embankment of the L.A. River. Los Angeles Magazine, "The 54 Best Things To Do in Downtown L.A. Right Now," 20 June 2017 A team of Los Angeles engineers used precisely machined aluminum and incorporated a toothed rotor that spins like a waterwheel. Vince Beiser, WIRED, "Moondust Miners Dig for $250,000 in NASA Prize Money," 27 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of waterwheel

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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waterwheel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of waterwheel

: a usually large wooden or metal wheel that is turned by the force of water flowing against it

waterwheel

noun
wa·ter·wheel | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌhwēl, ˈwä-, -ˌwēl\

Kids Definition of waterwheel

: a wheel turned by a flow of water against it

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