wheel

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhwēl How to pronounce wheel (audio) , ˈwēl\

Definition of wheel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle
2 : a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such as
a : a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)
b : bicycle
c : any of many revolving disks or drums used as gambling paraphernalia
3a : an imaginary turning wheel symbolizing the inconstancy of fortune
b : a recurring course, development, or action : cycle
4 : something (such as a round, flat cheese) resembling a wheel in shape
5a : a curving or circular movement
b : a rotation or turn usually about an axis or center specifically : a turning movement of troops or ships in line in which the units preserve alignment and relative positions as they change direction
6a : a moving or essential part of something compared to a machine the wheels of government
b : a directing or controlling force
c : a person of importance especially in an organization a big wheel
7 : the refrain or burden of a song
8a : a circuit of theaters or places of entertainment
b : a sports league
9 wheels plural, slang : a wheeled vehicle especially : automobile
10 wheels plural, slang : legs

wheel

verb
wheeled; wheeling; wheels

Definition of wheel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to turn on or as if on an axis : revolve
2 : to change direction as if revolving on a pivot the battalion would have wheeled to the flank— Walter Bernstein her mind will wheel around to the other extreme— Liam O'Flaherty wheeled to face her opponent
3 : to move or extend in a circle or curve birds in wheeling flight valleys where young cotton wheeled slowly in fanlike rows— William Faulkner
4 : to travel on or as if on wheels or in a wheeled vehicle

transitive verb

1 : to cause to turn on or as if on an axis : rotate
2 : to convey or move on or as if on wheels or in a wheeled vehicle wheeled the patient back to his room wheeled the car into the driveway wheel in the experts
3 : to cause to change direction as if revolving on a pivot
4 : to make or perform in a circle or curve
wheel and deal
: to make deals or do business especially shrewdly or briskly

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Noun

wheel 1: 1 hub, 2 spoke, 3 felly, 4 tire

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from wheel

Noun

wheelless \ ˈhwēl-​ləs How to pronounce wheelless (audio) , ˈwēl-​ \ adjective

Examples of wheel in a Sentence

Noun

The car's rear wheels started to spin on the icy road. the wheels of a train a suitcase with wheels on the bottom a wheel of cheddar cheese

Verb

Doctors wheeled the patient into the operating room. He wheeled his motorcycle into the garage. Our waiter wheeled out a small dessert cart. She wheeled around in her chair when I entered the room.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The result is the weird, almost organic-looking design of the wheels, wing mirrors, and steering wheel. Jon Porter, The Verge, "VW’s Type 20 is an electrified dream of its iconic campervan," 3 July 2019 In Alabama, fireworks such as bottle rockets, fire crackers, sparklers, roman candles, smoke bombs, and wheels and spinners are allowed. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "July 4th fireworks 2019: What’s legal where I live?," 2 July 2019 Scooters have small wheels that don’t absorb shocks as well as larger bike tires. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Scooters are fine, but a bit pricey. And watch out for potholes!," 1 July 2019 Twenty-five states – including neighboring Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota – allow commercial casino gambling with games such as slot machines, craps and roulette wheels, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 In a bit of trivia, the world’s oldest horse-training manual also comes from the Mittani; its people were known for their horsemanship and developed lighter, faster spoked wheels for their war chariots. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Ancient Palace in Iraqi Reservoir," 1 July 2019 These places are working towards public health, climate, and traffic goals by making it easier to get around on two wheels instead of four. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week," 30 June 2019 Several car parts, including an entire wheel, were found behind the car. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Suspicious shopper caught with suspected cocaine: Westlake Police Blotter," 29 June 2019 Switched into hands-free mode, both can serve as living rooms on wheels where passengers can relax and ignore the hassles of dealing with traffic. NBC News, "BMW doubles down on plug-ins and battery-powered cars, saying the future of sporty driving is electric," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Flexibility is not something Riley figures to have much of when its time to wheel and deal on the trade and free-agent markets. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Riley reflects on Heat season, says time to think is needed," 13 Apr. 2019 For a hatchling, each minute on land means dodging an array of winged, wheeled, and walking dangers. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 Running back Gale Sayers was wheeled onto the stage to thunderous applause. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "The Bears at 100: Cheers and a Few Tears," 11 June 2019 Philip watched, astonished and helpless, as his wife was wheeled away. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Medevac planes land at Merrill Field and taxi directly to Alaska Regional Hospital, where patients are wheeled into the emergency room. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s city-owned airport looks to raise rates despite discontent," 8 May 2019 Last a dessert tray was wheeled by with delicious cakes and confections before coffee and tea was served. Marilyn Jones, Philly.com, "'Flying chefs' in business class," 6 July 2018 Straschnitzki was wheeled on a stretcher into Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia on May 31 and expected to rehab there for six to eight weeks. Washington Post, "Flyers support Humboldt player paralyzed in bus crash," 29 June 2018 The couple and their son, Anthony, 2, were wheeled along the beachfront route Saturday in a wicker chair. BostonGlobe.com, "Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of wheel

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wheel

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hweogol, hwēol; akin to Old Norse hvēl wheel, Greek kyklos circle, wheel, Skt cakra, Latin colere to cultivate, inhabit, Sanskrit carati he moves, wanders

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wheel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wheel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the round parts underneath a car, wagon, etc., that rolls and allows something to move
: a hard, round object that turns and causes machinery or a mechanical device to move
: something that is round like a wheel or that turns like a wheel

wheel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wheel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move (someone or something) on a vehicle that has wheels
: to push (something) that has wheels on it
: to turn quickly and face a different direction

wheel

noun
\ ˈhwēl How to pronounce wheel (audio) , ˈwēl\

Kids Definition of wheel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a disk or circular frame that can turn on a central point
2 : something that is round a wheel of cheese
3 : steering wheel His hands tightly gripped the wheel.
4 : something having a wheel as its main part a spinning wheel
5 wheels plural : moving power : necessary parts the wheels of government

Other Words from wheel

wheeled \ ˈhwēld , wēld \ adjective

wheel

verb
wheeled; wheeling

Kids Definition of wheel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to carry or move on wheels or in a vehicle with wheels
2 : rotate sense 1 Seagulls wheeled above the boat.
3 : to change direction as if turning on a central point I wheeled and faced them.

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