Wheel meaning

wēl, hwēl
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.

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A solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.
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Something resembling such a disk or ring in appearance or movement or having a wheel as its principal part or characteristic, as:
  • The steering device on a vehicle.
  • A potter's wheel.
  • A water wheel.
  • A spinning wheel.
  • (games) A device used in roulette and other games of chance.
  • A firework that rotates while burning.
  • (informal) A bicycle.
  • An instrument to which a victim was bound for torture during the Middle Ages.
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Forces that provide energy, movement, or direction.

The wheels of commerce.

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To roll, move, or transport on wheels or a wheel.
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The act or process of turning; revolution or rotation.
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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.
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(slang) A motor vehicle or access thereto.

Do you have wheels tonight?

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(slang) A person with a great deal of power or influence.

A wheel in state government.

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To cause to turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
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To provide with wheels or a wheel.
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To turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
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To roll or move on or as if on wheels or a wheel.
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To fly in a curving or circular course.

A flock of gulls wheeled just above the dock.

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To turn or whirl around in place; pivot.
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To reverse one's opinion or practice.

Don't be surprised if the boss wheels about on that idea.

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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.
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Anything like a wheel in shape, movement, action, etc., as a fireworks device that revolves while burning.
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A device or apparatus of which the principal element is a wheel or wheels.
  • In the Middle Ages, an instrument of torture consisting of a circular frame on which the victim's limbs were painfully stretched.
  • A steering wheel for controlling the rudder of a ship, often one with spokes that project beyond the rim for use as handles.
  • (short for) , , , , etc.
  • Any of various rotatable disks used for gambling.
    A roulette wheel.
  • (informal) A bicycle.
  • (slang) An automobile.
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The moving, propelling, or controlling forces or agencies.

The wheels of progress.

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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.
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(slang) An important, influential, or authoritative person.
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Wheel is defined as to turn, carry or move something along in a vehicle with wheels.

An example of wheel is pushing a stroller.

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(archaic) The refrain of a song.
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To cause to turn, revolve, or rotate.
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To furnish with a wheel or wheels.
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To turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
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To reverse one's course of action, movement, opinion, attitude, etc.
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To turn in a swooping, circular motion.
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To move or roll along on or as on wheels.
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A circular device capable of rotating on its axis, facilitating movement or transportation or performing labour in machines.
  • (informal, with "the") A steering wheel and its implied control of a vehicle.
  • (nautical) The instrument attached to the rudder by which a vessel is steered.
  • A spinning wheel.
  • A potter's wheel.
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A wheel-like device used as an instrument of torture or punishment.
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(slang) A person with a great deal of power or influence; a big wheel.
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(poker slang) The lowest straight in poker: ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
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(automotive) Wheel rim.
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A round portion of cheese.
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A Catherine wheel firework.
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A turn or revolution; rotation; compass.
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(intransitive or) To roll along as on wheels.

Wheel that trolley over here, would you?

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(intransitive) To travel around in large circles, particularly in the air.

The vulture wheeled above us.

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To transport something or someone using any wheeled mechanism, such as a wheelchair.
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To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to make or perform in a circle.
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  • Operating the steering mechanism of a vehicle; driving.
  • Directing or controlling; in charge.
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(informal) wheel and deal
  • To engage in the advancement of one's own interests, especially in a canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous way.
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at the wheel
  • steering a ship, motor vehicle, etc.
  • in charge; directing activities
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spin one's wheels
  • to engage in fruitless activity
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wheel and deal
  • to behave in an aggressive, flamboyant way, as in arranging business or political deals
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wheel of fortune
  • the wheel which the goddess of fortune rotates to bring about the alternations or reverses in human affairs
  • the changes or vicissitudes of life
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wheels within wheels
  • a series of involved or interrelated circumstances, motives, etc. reacting upon one another
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Origin of wheel

  • Middle English from Old English hwēol kwel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English whele, from Old English hwÄ“oÄ¡ol, hwÄ“ol, from Proto-Germanic *hwehwlÄ… (compare West Frisian tsjil, Dutch wiel, Danish hjul), from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·ekÊ·lóm, *kʷékÊ·los (cf. Tocharian B kokale (“cart, wagon"), Ancient Greek κύκλος (kuklos, “cycle, wheel"), Avestan [script?] (čaxrō)[script?], Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá)), reduplication of *kÊ·el- (“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")).

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