wheel·​ing ˈ(h)wē-liŋ How to pronounce wheeling (audio)
: the act or process of one that wheels
: the condition of a road relative to passage on wheels

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The town has grown up around this duality—using the land for mountain biking, four-wheeling, rafting, climbing, and backcountry hiking and skiing while appreciating and protecting its unique splendor. Outside Online, 3 Feb. 2019 The draft got started Thursday night and turned into a wild affair with lots of wheeling and dealing. Editors, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 The Spirit Awards honor smaller budget indie films and are known for its starry, free-wheeling ceremony that's part of the awards season runup to the Academy Awards. Lindsey Bahr, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2022 After months and months of wheeling and dealing and begging playwrights, agents and others who have a part in releasing rights to a show, here is ETC’s 2022-2023 season. David Lyman, The Enquirer, 23 June 2022 And the Dolphins sent several messages with their wheeling and dealing in those two significant deals made a week ago. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Apr. 2021 As opposed to the more methodical camera coverage Hanks is accustomed to, Luhrmann is more free-wheeling. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 23 June 2022 Armed with impressive draft capital, the Eagles did some wheeling and dealing with their picks last week, but Philadelphia didn’t make a move to add a quarterback. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 May 2022 There is business to be done, production and distribution deals to be made, and this year that sort of wheeling dealing has been as full throttle as Top Gun’s elite fighter jets. Dana Thomas, Vogue, 26 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheeling was in the 15th century

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“Wheeling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheeling. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Whee·​ling ˈ(h)wē-liŋ How to pronounce Wheeling (audio)
village in northeastern Illinois north-northeast of Chicago population 37,648
city on the Ohio River in northern West Virginia population 28,486
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