wheel·​ing | \ˈhwē-liŋ, ˈwē-\

Definition of wheeling 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of one that wheels

2 : the condition of a road relative to passage on wheels


geographical name
Whee·​ling | \ˈhwē-liŋ, ˈwē-\

Definition of Wheeling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 village in northeastern Illinois north-northeast of Chicago population 37,648

2 city on the Ohio River in northern West Virginia population 28,486

Examples of wheeling in a Sentence

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The company always had a focus on growth and always had a focus on trying to win, which led to some free-wheeling experiences. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Meet the Man Who Helped Craft a Brewer’s Rise," 27 July 2018 Brooks was worried that Mahomes' free-wheeling style would lead to interceptions. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Brett Favre's former teammate 'beginning to buy into the hype' about Patrick Mahomes," 2 July 2018 But plenty belongs to those added in Dipoto’s incessant wheeling and dealing: Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "How Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto Wheeled and Dealed His Way to First-Half Success," 22 June 2018 In all these guises, Casanova was a confidence man, wheeling and dealing for attention and power in Rococo-era Europe — a time of immoderation. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 There's plenty of wheeling and dealing the club can do with those assets if the players available don't fit Cincinnati's plans. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's how FC Cincinnati plans to build its roster for the 2019 MLS season," 4 July 2018 But his legacy could not withstand the Teapot Dome Scandal and other wheeling and dealing that went on inside his tainted and chaotic White House. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "The 10 worst presidents: Besides Trump, whom do scholars scorn the most?," 20 Feb. 2018 But far more participants seemed to think the final frenzy of wheeling and dealing had served no one well. Liam Dillon, latimes.com, "Negotiating and name-calling as California lawmakers head off ballot battles," 29 June 2018 Auletta is a beloved profile-writer for the New Yorker, so all these wheeling and dealing men and women come alive like characters in a novel. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Frenemies' is Ken Auletta's brightly readable tour of today's ad business," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of wheeling


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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