Definition of waterwheel
1 : a wheel made to rotate by direct action of water
2 : a wheel for raising water
Recent Examples of waterwheel from the Web
A team of Los Angeles engineers used precisely machined aluminum and incorporated a toothed rotor that spins like a waterwheel.
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First Known Use of waterwheel
WATERWHEEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waterwheel for English Language Learners
: a usually large wooden or metal wheel that is turned by the force of water flowing against it
WATERWHEEL Defined for Kids
Definition of waterwheel for Students
: a wheel turned by a flow of water against it
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