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wheel

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noun, often attributive \ˈhwēl, ˈwēl\

Definition of wheel

  1. 1 :  a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle

  2. 2 :  a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such asa :  a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)b :  bicyclec :  any of many revolving disks or drums used as gambling paraphernaliad :  potter's wheele :  steering wheel

  3. 3a :  an imaginary turning wheel symbolizing the inconstancy of fortuneb :  a recurring course, development, or action :  cycle

  4. 4 :  something (such as a round, flat cheese) resembling a wheel in shape

  5. 5a :  a curving or circular movementb :  a rotation or turn usually about an axis or center; specifically :  a turning movement of troops or ships in line in which the units preserve alignment and relative positions as they change direction

  6. 6a :  a moving or essential part of something compared to a machine the wheels of governmentb :  a directing or controlling forcec :  a person of importance especially in an organization a big wheel

  7. 7 :  the refrain or burden of a song

  8. 8a :  a circuit of theaters or places of entertainmentb :  a sports league

  9. 9 wheels plural, slang :  a wheeled vehicle; especially :  automobile

  10. 10 wheels plural, slang :  legs

wheelless

play \ˈhwēl-ləs, ˈwēl-\ adjective

Examples of wheel in a Sentence

  1. The car's rear wheels started to spin on the icy road.

  2. the wheels of a train

  3. a suitcase with wheels on the bottom

  4. a wheel of cheddar cheese

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Origin and Etymology of wheel

Middle English, from Old English hweogol, hwēol; akin to Old Norse hvēl wheel, Greek kyklos circle, wheel, Skt cakra, Latin colere to cultivate, inhabit, Sanskrit carati he moves, wanders

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wheel

verb

Definition of wheel

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn on or as if on an axis :  revolve

  3. 2 :  to change direction as if revolving on a pivot the battalion would have wheeled to the flank — Walter Bernstein her mind will wheel around to the other extreme — Liam O'Flaherty wheeled to face her opponent

  4. 3 :  to move or extend in a circle or curve birds in wheeling flight valleys where young cotton wheeled slowly in fanlike rows — William Faulkner

  5. 4 :  to travel on or as if on wheels or in a wheeled vehicle

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to cause to turn on or as if on an axis :  rotate

  8. 2 :  to convey or move on or as if on wheels or in a wheeled vehicle wheeled the patient back to his room wheeled the car into the driveway wheel in the experts

  9. 3 :  to cause to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

  10. 4 :  to make or perform in a circle or curve

wheel and deal

  1. :  to make deals or do business especially shrewdly or briskly

Examples of wheel in a Sentence

  1. Doctors wheeled the patient into the operating room.

  2. He wheeled his motorcycle into the garage.

  3. Our waiter wheeled out a small dessert cart.

  4. She wheeled around in her chair when I entered the room.

First Known Use of wheel

13th century


WHEEL Defined for English Language Learners

wheel

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noun

Definition of wheel for English Language Learners

  • : one of the round parts underneath a car, wagon, etc., that rolls and allows something to move

  • : a hard, round object that turns and causes machinery or a mechanical device to move

  • : something that is round like a wheel or that turns like a wheel

wheel

verb

Definition of wheel for English Language Learners

  • : to move (someone or something) on a vehicle that has wheels

  • : to push (something) that has wheels on it

  • : to turn quickly and face a different direction


WHEEL Defined for Kids

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wheel

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noun \ˈhwēl, ˈwēl\

Definition of wheel for Students

  1. 1 :  a disk or circular frame that can turn on a central point

  2. 2 :  something that is round a wheel of cheese

  3. 3 :  steering wheel His hands tightly gripped the wheel.

  4. 4 :  something having a wheel as its main part a spinning wheel

  5. 5 wheels plural :  moving power :  necessary parts the wheels of government

wheeled

\ˈhwēld, wēld\ adjective

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wheel

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Definition of wheel for Students

wheeled

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wheeling

  1. 1 :  to carry or move on wheels or in a vehicle with wheels

  2. 2 :  rotate 1 Seagulls wheeled above the boat.

  3. 3 :  to change direction as if turning on a central point I wheeled and faced them.



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