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 combination a 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


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 The Matchbox Tesla Roadster is expected to launch early next year and could beat the actual four-wheeler to market. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Green Wheels? Matchbox’s New Tesla Roadster Model Is Made From 99% Recycled Materials," 21 Apr. 2021 Caden Cotnoir, 13, was watching a TikTok livestream of Trent Jarrett, 12, riding a four-wheeler in West Virginia, when something went awry, WMUR-TV reported. Fox News, "New Hampshire teen saves 12-year-old West Virginia boy via TikTok, following ATV fall," 8 Apr. 2021 Some legislators questioned whether a standard driving test for a truck or car can provide assurance someone can safely operate a four-wheeler, snowmachine, tracked vehicle — or other. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Lots more accidents’: Mayors around Alaska question elements of Dunleavy proposal to allow four-wheelers and snowmachines on roads," 9 Apr. 2021 He was stuck under the four-wheeler ATV and struggling to breathe, but uninjured, according to WBTS. Hayley Vaughn, NBC News, "New Hampshire teen saves West Virginia boy injured in ATV accident caught on TikTok," 9 Apr. 2021 The one-of-a-kind four-wheeler was commissioned by a wealthy Canadian collector, Olivier Benlouou of OB Prestige Auto, who worked directly with the automaker’s CEO Horacio Pagani to create Supernova. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This One-of-a-Kind Pagani Hurayra Roadster BC Is the Most Otherworldly Car You’ll See Today," 9 Apr. 2021 The scary incident unfolded as Jarrett was riding his four-wheeler and live-streaming it on TikTok, according to WMUR. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "'An Easter Miracle': Teen Saves Boy's Life After Watching His ATV Crash Live on TikTok," 7 Apr. 2021 At first blush, the four-wheeler looks like a futuristic version of your average luxury crossover. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "A Solar Roof Helps This New Electric SUV Concept Drive 500 Miles on a Single Charge," 29 Mar. 2021 As vehicles go, the three-wheeler is a historical loser. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Three-wheelers, the punchline of the auto world, are finally having a moment," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of wheeler


1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wheeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheeler. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheeler

: a vehicle that has a specified number of wheels

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