water wheel[wôˈtər-hwēl, -wēl, wŏtˈər-]
A picturesque water wheel.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a wheel turned by water running against or falling on paddles, used as a source of power
- a wheel with buckets on its rim, used for lifting water
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- A wheel propelled by falling or running water and used to power machinery.
- A wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water.