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wheel

noun

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1 a rapid turning about on an axis or central point
  • the wheel of the tape reel

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2 one of high position or importance within a group
  • she's a major wheel in that state's Democratic Party

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3 a series of events or actions that repeat themselves regularly and in the same order
  • the wheel of time turns: the children are now the parents, and their children have taken their place at the school desks

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wheel

verb

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1 to change the course or direction of (something)
  • wheeled the bike around sharply to see what had fallen off

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2 to move (something) in a curved or circular path on or as if on an axis
  • wheeled the bicycle's tires around to see if they were balanced

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3 to move in circles around an axis or center
  • she wheeled around and around until finally she got dizzy and fell down

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4 to turn away from a straight line or course
  • the highway wheels to the west as it forms an arc that bypasses the city

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5 to change one's course or direction
  • upon hearing the construction workers' suggestive remarks, she wheeled around to glare at them

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The first known use of wheel was before the 12th century

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“Wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wheel. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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