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

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As he was dragged for 15 to 20 yards through the sand, the game warden fired a shot before falling free from the four-wheeler. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County man accused of dragging game warden from ATV identified," 9 July 2018 High-wheelers that had sold for $150 to $300 just a year or two earlier were going for as little as $10. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Alan proudly served his country in the Army and also drove 18 wheelers for many years. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Alan R. Truslow," 1 July 2018 You can be annoyed by these two-wheelers sharing your walking space. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Save the Scooters, Redesign the Streets, and Save San Francisco," 4 June 2018 Others park their two-wheelers at a valet bike station next door to the terminal. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Bicyclists protest as city plans for safer lanes hit bumps," 13 July 2018 Viewing points are numerous and include a few from the water – the MS Dixie II paddle-wheeler and the 80-foot luxury yacht Safari Rose (laketahoecruises.com). Mel Shields, sacbee, "Fireworks and music mesh at Lake Tahoe's dazzling fireworks shows," 29 June 2018 Even after a coal-mining accident left him paralyzed from the waist down at age 21, Dillon would shoot turkey, squirrel and deer from the seat of his four-wheeler. NBC News, "Unlocked And loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 26 June 2018 How about cuts, scrapes or worse from the four-wheeler? John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Afraid of bears? There are far more dangerous things in the Alaska outdoors," 4 June 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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