wheel·​er | \ ˈ(h)wē-lər How to pronounce wheeler (audio) \

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 combinationa side-wheeler18-wheelers


biographical name (1)
Whee·​ler | \ ˈ(h)wē-lər How to pronounce Wheeler (audio) \

Definition of Wheeler (Entry 2 of 3)

Joseph 1836–1906 American general


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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the streets, where the occasional two-wheeler or pedestrian can be seen, there are no trucks or public transport. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 29 Apr. 2020 The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is strictly controlling the once-rogue two-wheelers that took over the streets nearly two years ago. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Abandoned, peed on by dogs: As SF scooters ramp up, complaints are rare but colorful," 16 Feb. 2020 Electric two-wheeler sales reached 40 million last year, with China accounting for 90% of this. Shashank Sripad, The Conversation, "Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China," 28 Oct. 2019 The Phanatic will still get up to his usual hi-jinx of messing with opposing teams' players or racing around the ballpark in a four-wheeler. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Phillies expected to unveil new-look Phillie Phanatic mascot this weekend," 21 Feb. 2020 Loxley police say the man had his dog tied to the handlebars of the four-wheeler. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police: Dog hits throttle, causes four-wheeler in hit owner," 18 Oct. 2019 The conditions left other people to walk their bicycles in knee-deep water, or to travel by four-wheeler. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "‘I Can’t Do This’: Imelda Left Texas With at Least 5 Deaths and Historic Rainfall," 19 Sep. 2019 Fatigue comes with the job of driving an eighteen-wheeler, even with rules requiring rest stops and limiting driving hours. New York Times, "Wearable Tech That Tells Drowsy Truckers It’s Time to Pull Over," 11 Feb. 2020 Many covers are sold in small, medium, or large variations, so measure the height, length, and width of your four-wheeler before committing. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Features You Need in an ATV Cover," 19 Nov. 2019

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1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2020

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“Wheeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheeler. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheeler

: a vehicle that has a specified number of wheels

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