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Wheel

noun # a circular object or frame rotating on an axle, used eg for moving a vehicle along the ground.

  1. such an object serving as part of a machine or mechanism.
  2. an object similar to or functioning like a wheel, eg a spinning-wheel or waterwheel.
  3. a steering-wheel.
  4. a potter's wheel.
  5. a rotating firework; a Catherine wheel.
  6. (wheels) colloq a motor vehicle for personal use.
  7. (wheels) the workings of an organization, etc • the wheels of justice.
  8. (usually the wheel) historical a circular instrument of torture on which the victim was stretched.
  9. betting a disc or drum on the results of whose random spin bets are made • a roulette wheel.
  10. a circling or pivoting movement, eg of troops.
  11. any progression that appears to go round in a circle.
  12. a circular design.
  13. a Ferris wheel.
  14. poetry one or more short lines at the end of a stanza.
  15. a trip, usually a brief one, in a wheeled contraption • went out for a wheel in the pram.

verb (wheeled, wheeling) # to fit something with a wheel or wheels.

  1. to push (a wheeled vehicle or conveyance) or to push someone or something in or on it • He wheeled the bike outside.
  2. to make something move in a circular course.
  3. intrans said of troops or birds, etc: to sweep round in a curve around a pivot.
  4. see wheel about below.
  5. to change one's mind abruptly. at or behind the wheel 1 in the driver's seat of a car, boat, etc. 2 in charge. wheel and deal to engage in tough business dealing or bargaining. wheels within wheels said of a situation in which a complexity of influences is at work.


ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon hweol.

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References / sources Edit

Chambers Dictionary. http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk

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