wa·​ter·​wheel | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌ(h)wēl How to pronounce waterwheel (audio) , 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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Examples of waterwheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1915, Ralph Clarkson, an engineering professor at Nova Scotia’s Acadia University, prototyped a tidal-power generator with four pumps, powered by a horizontal waterwheel, that lifted water 335 feet into two tanks atop the Cape Split headland. Greta Rybus, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Push for Tidal Power Faces Its Biggest Challenge Yet," 10 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, in the bathroom by the bedroom, my kids’ old faded plastic waterwheel waits motionless in the tub. New York Times, "Aching for My Grandchildren in Isolation," 29 Apr. 2020 This is a giant, historic wood waterwheel that was used to grind wheat into grain. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Getting outdoors in Napa Valley is one easy turn," 21 Feb. 2020 Mid-river, a peaceful island with a pleasant park and a rebuilt medieval waterwheel shows off what must have been impressive technology in its day. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Tomar: The quiet, historic Portuguese town the tourists haven't discovered yet," 24 Nov. 2019 Once waterwheel is entrenched, management options are limited. Marion Renault, New York Times, "This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.," 13 Aug. 2019 Dog-friendly outdoor seating capitalizes on the energy from neighboring bars and clubs, while inside diners find a touch of steampunk in decor accented by gears, tooled leather and vintage waterwheels. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "St. Petersburg, Fla., goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout," 18 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of waterwheel

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waterwheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterwheel. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waterwheel

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


wa·​ter·​wheel | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌhwēl How to pronounce waterwheel (audio) , ˈwä-, -ˌwēl \

Kids Definition of waterwheel

: a wheel turned by a flow of water against it

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