wheel·​er | \ ˈhwē-lər , 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 , 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the afternoon the girl went missing, Wilson also disappeared with a four-wheeler for about two hours, according to authorities. Fox News, "Alaska man charged with murder in 10-year-old girl's slaying," 24 Sep. 2018 On the afternoon the girl went missing, Wilson also disappeared with a four-wheeler for about two hours, according to authorities. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, "Alaska man charged with murder in 10-year-old girl’s slaying," 24 Sep. 2018 Now, the two-wheelers—which make sprawling, un-walkable downtowns easier to explore and give you an option other than Uber to get to just-out-of-reach neighborhoods—have a behemoth's stamp of approval. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Google Maps Now Shows You How Long It Would Take to Go By Scooter," 13 Dec. 2018 Sharing a series of photos on Instagram, Hadid is seen striking her best regram-ready poses on top of her four-wheeler, a white wraparound crop top exposing her sculpted midsection and toned arms. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Just Turned a Desert Four-Wheeling Excursion Into a Major Ab Reveal," 25 Nov. 2018 But helping ease the pain for the Japanese company are its two-wheelers. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Motorcycles Are Helping Honda Get a Handle on Tariffs," 31 July 2018 In the decade since that first Spyder, three-wheelers have become a legitimate, even popular alternative to motorcycles. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018 Can this vehicle transcend its local niche in a famously progressive college/hippie town (where three-wheelers have been featured in Eugene Celebration parades for nearly two decades now) and actually sell to a broader market? Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who was one of five co-sponsors of Peskin’s ordinance, said he’d already test-ridden one of the two-wheelers. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF supervisors pass law to regulate scooters that have descended on city," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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