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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To get to Dhowachala, Mr. Bez squeezes his motorcycle onto a barge that fits around 20 other two-wheelers, plus people and cars for an hourlong trip across the Brahmaputra River. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself," 31 Dec. 2018 Automakers in general are trying to leverage their experience in manufacturing, batteries, and powertrains in pursuit of more electric-powered two-wheelers, like motorcycles, bikes, and scooters. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is now making e-bikes, and it needs your help naming them," 2 Nov. 2018 The electric four-wheeler is about half as wide as your standard sedan and shorter than a Fiat 500. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Get Yer Bread and Milk From Kroger's Cute New Delivery Robot," 28 June 2018 After flooding dozens of cities with tens of thousands of pay-per-minute electric two-wheelers, the bike and scooter companies have hit a snag: cities are increasingly passing new rules to regulate their use. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Scooter companies are trying to rehabilitate their reputations as cities crack down," 23 Aug. 2018 Many urban residents frustrated with traffic congestion shifted to the two-wheelers to get around. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Bike-Share Startup in China Veers Off Course," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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