- The definition of a wheel is a round frame that turns from a central point.
- An example of a wheel is what you hold on to while steering your car.
- An example of a wheel is something that is used for moving vehicles, carts and platforms forward.
- Wheel is defined as to turn, carry or move something along in a vehicle with wheels.
An example of wheel is pushing a stroller.
A wheel for steering a car.
- a solid or partly solid disk, or a circular frame connected by spokes to a central hub, capable of turning on a central axis and used as to move vehicles or transmit power in machinery
- anything like a wheel in shape, movement, action, etc., as a fireworks device that revolves while burning
- a device or apparatus of which the principal element is a wheel or wheels; specif.,
- in the Middle Ages, an instrument of torture consisting of a circular frame on which the victim's limbs were painfully stretched
- a wheel with projecting handles for controlling the rudder of a ship
- paddle wheel, potter's wheel, spinning wheel, steering wheel, etc.
- any of various rotating disks used for gambling: a roulette wheel
- ☆ Informal a bicycle
- ☆ Slang an automobile
- the moving, propelling, or controlling forces or agencies: the wheels of progress
- a turning about; circular, rotating, or revolving movement; specif., a turning movement as of troops or ships in line, with one end of the line as the pivot; also, any pivoting movement like this, as of dancers
- ☆ Slang an important, influential, or authoritative personalso big wheel
- Archaic the refrain of a song
Origin of wheelMiddle English whele ; from Old English hweol, earlier hweogol ; from Indo-European an unverified form kwekwlo-, wheel (from source Classical Greek kyklos, a circle) ; from base an unverified form kwel-, to turn, be around, dwell from source Classical Greek telos, turning point, end, polos, axis, Classical Latin colere, to till, dwell, German hals, neck
- to move or roll along (something equipped with wheels): to wheel a baby buggy
- to transport in a wheeled vehicle
- to cause to turn, revolve, or rotate
- to furnish with a wheel or wheels
- to turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
- to reverse one's course of action, movement, opinion, attitude, etc.: often with about
- to turn in a swooping, circular motion: said of birds
- to move or roll along on or as on wheels
at the wheelor behind the wheel
- steering a ship, motor vehicle, etc.
- in charge; directing activities
spin one's wheels☆
wheel and deal☆
wheel of fortune
- the wheel which the goddess of fortune was believed to rotate to bring about the alternations or reverses in human affairs
- the changes or vicissitudes of life
wheels within wheels
- A solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.
- Something resembling such a disk or ring in appearance or movement or having a wheel as its principal part or characteristic, as:a. The steering device on a vehicle.b. A potter's wheel.c. A water wheel.d. A spinning wheel.e. Games A device used in roulette and other games of chance.f. A firework that rotates while burning.g. Informal A bicycle.h. An instrument to which a victim was bound for torture during the Middle Ages.
- wheels Forces that provide energy, movement, or direction: the wheels of commerce.
- The act or process of turning; revolution or rotation.
- A military maneuver executed in order to change the direction of movement of a formation, as of troops or ships, in which the formation is maintained while the outer unit describes an arc and the inner or center unit remains stationary as a pivot.
- wheels Slang A motor vehicle or access thereto: Do you have wheels tonight?
- Slang A person with a great deal of power or influence: a wheel in state government.
verbwheeled, wheel·ing, wheels
- To roll, move, or transport on wheels or a wheel.
- To cause to turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
- To provide with wheels or a wheel.
- To turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
- To roll or move on or as if on wheels or a wheel.
- To fly in a curving or circular course: A flock of gulls wheeled just above the dock.
- To turn or whirl around in place; pivot: “The boy wheeled and the fried eggs leaped from his tray” (Ivan Gold).
- To reverse one's opinion or practice: Don't be surprised if the boss wheels about on that idea.
Origin of wheelMiddle English, from Old English hwēol; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A circular device capable of rotating on its axis, facilitating movement or transportation or performing labour in machines.
- A wheel-like device used as an instrument of torture or punishment.
- (slang) A person with a great deal of power or influence; a big wheel.
- (poker slang) The lowest straight in poker: ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
- (automotive) Wheel rim.
- A round portion of cheese.
- A Catherine wheel firework.
- A turn or revolution; rotation; compass.
(third-person singular simple present wheels, present participle wheeling, simple past and past participle wheeled)
- (intransitive or) To roll along as on wheels.
- Wheel that trolley over here, would you?
- (intransitive) To travel around in large circles, particularly in the air.
- The vulture wheeled above us.
- To transport something or someone using any wheeled mechanism, such as a wheelchair.
- To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to make or perform in a circle.
From Middle English whele, from Old English hwēoġol, hwēol, from Proto-Germanic *hwehwlą (compare West Frisian tsjil, Dutch wiel, Danish hjul), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷekʷlóm, *kʷékʷlos (cf. Tocharian B kokale (“cart, wagon”), Ancient Greek κύκλος (kuklos, “cycle, wheel”), Avestan [script?] (čaxrō)[script?], Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá)), reduplication of *kʷel- (“to turn”) (compare Welsh dymchwel (“to overturn, upset”), Latin colere (“to till, cultivate”), Tocharian A and B käl (“to bear; bring”), Ancient Greek (Aeolic) πέλεσθαι (pélesthai, “to be in motion”), Old Church Slavonic коло (kolo, “wheel”), Albanian sjell (“to bring, carry, turn around”), Avestan [script?] (čaraiti, “it circulates”)[script?], Sanskrit चरति (cárati, “it moves, wanders”)).