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Definitions of wheel

  1. an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  2. game equipment consisting of a rotating wheel with slots that is used for gambling; players bet on which slot the roulette ball will stop in
  3. a handwheel that is used for steering
  4. wheel somebody or something
  5. a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes ( or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle ( as in vehicles or other machines)
  6. a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel
  7. change directions as of revolving on a pivot; " They wheeled their horses around and left"
  8. a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
  9. change directions as if revolving on a pivot; " They wheeled their horses around and left"
  10. A circular frame turning about an axis; a rotating disk, whether solid, or a frame composed of an outer rim, spokes or radii, and a central hub or nave, in which is inserted the axle, -- used for supporting and conveying vehicles, in machinery, and for various purposes; as, the wheel of a wagon, of a locomotive, of a mill, of a watch, etc.
  11. Any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting of, a wheel.
  12. A spinning wheel. See under Spinning.
  13. An instrument of torture formerly used.
  14. A circular frame having handles on the periphery, and an axle which is so connected with the tiller as to form a means of controlling the rudder for the purpose of steering.
  15. A firework which, while burning, is caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the escaping gases.
  16. The burden or refrain of a song.
  17. A bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede.
  18. A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb.
  19. A turn revolution; rotation; compass.
  20. To convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood.
  21. To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a circle.
  22. To turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more about; to rotate; to gyrate.
  23. To change direction, as if revolving upon an axis or pivot; to turn; as, the troops wheeled to the right.
  24. To go round in a circuit; to fetch a compass.
  25. To roll forward.
  26. A circular frame or body capable of turning on a centrai axis or axle; anything shaped like a wheel; a circular frame, with handles, for controlling the rudder of a ship; a bicycle; an old instrument of torture; a circular revolving firework; a complete turning around; that which makes active or which directs progress; as, the wheels of business; a maneuver in drill in which troops in line change direction without destroying their alignment.
  27. To move on wheels; to cause to turn.
  28. To turn on an axis or about a center; to revolve; to roll forward.
  29. Wheeled.
  30. A circular frame turning on an axle: an old instrument of torture.
  31. To cause to whirl: to convey on wheels.
  32. To turn round or on an axis: to roll forward.
  33. A circular frame or disk turning on an axis.
  34. To convey on wheels; cause to turn.
  35. To turn; revolve.
  36. To carry or move on wheels; roll; turn; rotate; revolve.
  37. A circular framework or a disk, made to rotate on its axis.
  38. A wheeling; turning.
  39. A circular frame or a solid circular piece of wood or metal turning on an axis; a machine or contrivance in the shape of a wheel; a circular body; an instrument for torturing criminals; a machine for spinning thread of various kinds; rotation; revolution; a turning about; a round board turned by a lathe in a horizontal position, on which the clay is shaped by the hand of the potter; a revolving fire- work; a large circular frame having handles on the periphery, and connected by tiller- ropes with the rudder, for the purpose of steering the ship. To break on the wheel, to fasten to a revolving wheel and beat with an iron bar. Wheel and axle, one of the mechanical powers, consisting of a cylindrical axle, to which a wheel concentric with it is attached.
  40. To convey on wheels; to put into a rotary motion; to cause to turn round.
  41. To turn on an axis; to move round; to fetch a compass; to roll forward; to move forward or backward in a circular manner.
  42. A potter's wheel. See under Potter.
  43. A frame of wood or iron in the form of a circle, being arranged to turn on an axis; a turning about; an instr. on which criminals were tortured in some countries- see break.
  44. To move on wheels; to convey on wheels; to turn on an axis; to have a rotatory motion; to whirl; to move round; to cause to turn round.

Usage examples for wheel

  1. If he only had his wheel! – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  2. And if the mud did not stick to the wheel pretty tight, it would be thrown off at all times, even when the wheel was going slow. – Rollo's Philosophy. [Air] by Jacob Abbott
  3. So does the wheel come full circle and all our lives we are mythopoeists. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
  4. You've saved my life, said Dudley, staring at Roy with a peculiar gravity; if you hadn't dashed over to me, I should have been sucked down by that old wheel, and should have been a dead man by this time. – His Big Opportunity by Amy Le Feuvre
  5. Presently, after feeling the edge himself, he bent over the stone again, and she went on turning the wheel, still singing softly. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  6. Now stand by the wheel, Marcy, and I will see what I can do with the halliards. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  7. As she passed the wheel Rainey spoke to her: " I am sorry your father is worse, Miss Simms," he said. – A Man to His Mate by J. Allan Dunn
  8. Shoulder to the wheel. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  9. Mystery of the turning water wheel. – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  10. It was a great water- wheel. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  11. He spoke to the man at the wheel. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  12. We'll wheel it home. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  13. He had th' shootin' gallery on its last legs whin we run him again th' wheel iv fortune. – Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen by Finley Peter Dunne
  14. Maybe it's this conversation, but I think it's time you took the wheel for a while." – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  15. 4. His careful wife kept her wheel going early and late. – McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
  16. Good thing she was at the wheel. – A Top-Floor Idyl by George van Schaick
  17. Clubbe always says I am one when I am at the wheel and let the ship go off the wind." – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  18. " He'll turn the wheel on a log, or drive off the road. – The Pioneers by Katharine Susannah Prichard
  19. Perhaps, even, the bearings of its balance wheel had finally become frozen and had brought it to a stop! – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
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