Wheel Definition

wēl, hwēl
wheeled, wheeling, wheels
noun
wheels
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.
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Forces that provide energy, movement, or direction.
The wheels of commerce.
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The moving, propelling, or controlling forces or agencies.
The wheels of progress.
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verb
wheeled, wheeling, wheels
To move or roll along (something equipped with wheels)
To wheel a baby buggy.
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To transport in a wheeled vehicle.
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To turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
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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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idiom
at
  • Operating the steering mechanism of a vehicle; driving.
  • Directing or controlling; in charge.
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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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Other Word Forms of Wheel

Noun

Singular:
wheel
Plural:
wheels

Origin of Wheel

  • 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")).

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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