waterwheel

noun wa·ter·wheel \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌhwēl , -ˌwēl , ˈwä- \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of waterwheel

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

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First Known Use of waterwheel

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WATERWHEEL Defined for English Language Learners

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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

waterwheel

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

Definition of waterwheel for Students

: a wheel turned by a flow of water against it

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