wheel [hwēl, wēl]
[ME whele < OE hweol, earlier hweogol < IE * kwekwlo-, wheel (> Gr kyklos, a circle) < base * kwel-, to turn, be around, dwell > Gr telos, turning point, end, polos, axis, L colere, to till, dwell, Ger hals, neck]
1. 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
2. anything like a wheel in shape, movement, action, etc., as a fireworks device that revolves while burning
3. a device or apparatus of which the principal element is a wheel or wheels; specif.,
a) in the Middle Ages, an instrument of torture consisting of a circular frame on which the victim's limbs were painfully stretched
b) a wheel with projecting handles for controlling the rudder of a ship
d) any of various rotating disks used for gambling [a roulette wheel ]
e) Informal a bicycle
f) [pl.] Slang an automobile
4. [usually pl.] the moving, propelling, or controlling forces or agencies [the wheels of progress]
5. 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
6. Slang an important, influential, or authoritative person: also big wheel
7. Archaic the refrain of a song
a) to move or roll along (something equipped with wheels) [to wheel a baby buggy]
b) to transport in a wheeled vehicle
2. to cause to turn, revolve, or rotate
3. to furnish with a wheel or wheels
1. to turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
2. to reverse one's course of action, movement, opinion, attitude, etc.: often with about
3. to turn in a swooping, circular motion: said of birds
4. to move or roll along on or as on wheels
at the wheel or behind the wheel
1. steering a ship, motor vehicle, etc.
2. in charge; directing activities
☆ spin one's wheels
Informal to engage in fruitless activity
☆ wheel and deal pt. & pp.wheeled and dealed
Slang to behave in an aggressive, flamboyant way, as in arranging business or political deals
wheel of fortune
1. the wheel which the goddess of fortune was believed to rotate to bring about the alternations or reverses in human affairs
2. the changes or vicissitudes of life
wheels within wheels
a series of involved or interrelated circumstances, motives, etc. reacting upon one another

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  • Wheel — (hw[=e]l), n. [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwe[ o]l, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hv[=e]l, Gr. ky klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hj[=o]l, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. [root]218. Cf. {Cycle}, {Cyclopedia}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A circular frame turning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheel — ► NOUN 1) a circular object that revolves on an axle, fixed below a vehicle to enable it to move along or forming part of a machine. 2) something resembling a wheel or having a wheel as its essential part. 3) (wheels) informal a car. 4) an… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wheel — Wheel, v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more about; to rotate; to gyrate. [1913 Webster] The moon carried about the earth always shows the same face to us, not once wheeling upon her own center. Bentley …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheel|er — «HWEE luhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that wheels. 2. a thing, such as a vehicle or a boat, that has a wheel or wheels: »a four wheeler, side wheeler. 3. = wheel horse. (Cf. ↑wheel horse) …   Useful english dictionary

  • wheel|ie — «HWEE lee», noun. a stunt of riding a motorcycle or bicycle on one wheel: »“Doing a wheelie”…means lifting the front wheel off the ground and balancing on the rear wheel alone (New York Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wheel — Wheel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wheeled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wheeling}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood. [1913 Webster] 2. To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheel —   [englisch, wiːl; wörtlich »Rad«], auch Modulation Wheel oder Pitch Wheel, Steuerungsrad (Handrad) an Synthesizern (meist am linken Rand angebracht, Bedienung mit linkem Daumen) zur Modulation (z. B. Vibrato, Wah Wah) oder für Pitch Bending… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • wheel — [n] circle, revolution caster, circuit, circulation, circumvolution, cycle, disk, drum, gyration, gyre, hoop, pivot, pulley, ratchet, ring, roll, roller, rotation, round, spin, trolley, turn, twirl, whirl; concepts 436,464,502 wheel [v] turn,… …   New thesaurus

  • wheel — vb *turn, revolve, rotate, gyrate, circle, spin, twirl, whirl, swirl, pirouette, eddy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wheel — A circular device, thin in relation to its face area, usually able to rotate about a central axle or pivot, with a durable but elastic rim or with regular teeth cut on the rim and for lightness often supported by spokes joined to the hub instead… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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