wheel·​er | \ ˈhwē-lər How to pronounce wheeler (audio) , ˈwē-\

Definition of wheeler

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that wheels
2 : a draft animal (such as a horse) pulling in the position nearest the front wheels of a wagon
3 : something (such as a vehicle or ship) that has wheels used especially in combination a side-wheeler18-wheelers


biographical name (1)
Whee·​ler | \ ˈhwē-lər How to pronounce Wheeler (audio) , ˈwē-\

Definition of Wheeler (Entry 2 of 3)

Joseph 1836–1906 American general


biographical name (2)

Definition of Wheeler (Entry 3 of 3)

William Almon 1819–1887 American politician; vice president of the U.S. (1877–81)

Examples of wheeler in a Sentence

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An overwhelming majority of these were three-wheelers that are used in public transport. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Incentives announced in India’s union budget may not do much for electric vehicles," 5 July 2019 Cruise Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle, a turn-of-the-century Mississippi-style stern-wheeler. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Beach: Small lots, big roller coaster," 27 June 2019 Everyone looks out for everyone else’s children, pulling kids to the side when a four-wheeler – cars are rare here – rolls down the street. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 After all, Greece gave the world Themistocles, the fifth-century B.C. wheeler-dealer politician and general who increased ancient Athenian power by being interested in everyone — and permanently allied to no one. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Greece finds new footing as a player on the world stage," 6 June 2019 For more than a marathon distance, our steps were squish and sponge in faint four-wheeler tracks pressed into the elevated swamps. Anchorage Daily News, "A 60-mile walk under the midnight sun, with no stops for sleep," 22 June 2019 Travelers who are looking to crank up their adrenaline instead can go for a sunrise hot air balloon ride or rent four-wheelers to tackle the hills outside town. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019 Open from June through September, Breckenridge's Epic Discovery is a combination of adventure pursuits on the mountain, including zip line tours, four-wheeler rides, scenic chairlifts, alpine slides and mountain biking. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Ski resorts are expanding summer activities; here are 7 that are year-round destinations," 5 June 2019 The streets of Indonesia teem with two-wheelers, pulsing through dense traffic in the thick, tropical climate. Muhammad Fadli, National Geographic, "See the wild, customized creations of Indonesia’s ‘rebel riders’," 4 Apr. 2019

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1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wheeler

: a vehicle that has a specified number of wheels

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