Definitions for wheelʰwil, wil

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wheelʰwil, wil(n.)

  1. a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery.

  2. any machine, apparatus, instrument, etc., shaped like this or having a circular frame, disk, or revolving drum as an essential feature:

    a potter's wheel.

  3. Category: Common Vocabulary, Automotive

    Ref: steering wheel.

  4. Naut. a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

    Ref: paddle wheel .

  5. a bicycle.

    Category: Informal

  6. a round object, decoration, etc.:

    a wheel of cheese.

  7. an old instrument of torture in the form of a circular frame on which the victim was stretched until disjointed.

  8. Ref: pinwheel (def. 2). 2

  9. a rotating instrument that Fortune is represented as turning so as to bring about changes or reverses in human affairs.

  10. wheels, moving, propelling, or animating agencies: Slang. a personal means of transportation, esp. a car.

    the wheels of commerce.

    Category: Status (usage)

  11. a cycle, recurring action, or steady progression:

    the wheel of days and nights.

  12. a wheeling or circular movement:

    the intricate wheels of the folk dances.

  13. someone active and influential, as in business or politics; an important person:

    a big wheel.

    Category: Informal

  14. (v.t.)to cause to turn, rotate, or revolve, as on an axis.

  15. to perform (a movement) in a circular or curving direction.

  16. to move, roll, or convey on wheels, casters, etc.:

    The waiters wheeled the tables out.

  17. (v.i.)to turn on or as if on an axis or about a center; revolve, rotate, or pivot.

  18. to move in a circular or curving course:

    pigeons wheeling above.

  19. to change direction or course by turning or seeming to turn the opposite way (often fol. by about or around):

    He wheeled about and glared at us.

  20. to roll on or as if on wheels; travel smoothly:

    The car wheeled along the highway.

Idioms for wheel:

  1. at the wheel, at the helm of a ship, the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, etc. in command or control.

    Category: Idiom

  2. wheel and deal, to operate dynamically and esp. craftily for one's own profit or benefit.

    Category: Informal, Idiom

Origin of wheel:

bef. 900; ME whel(e), OE hwēol, hweohl, c. MLG wēl, MD wiel, ON hjōl; akin to Gk kýklos (see cycle ), Skt cakrá

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wheel(noun)

    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)

  2. steering wheel, wheel(noun)

    a handwheel that is used for steering

  3. wheel(noun)

    forces that provide energy and direction

    "the wheels of government began to turn"

  4. wheel(noun)

    a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel

  5. roulette wheel, wheel(noun)

    game equipment consisting of a wheel with slots that is used for gambling; the wheel rotates horizontally and players bet on which slot the roulette ball will stop in

  6. rack, wheel(noun)

    an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims

  7. bicycle, bike, wheel, cycle(verb)

    a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

  8. wheel, wheel around(verb)

    change directions as if revolving on a pivot

    "They wheeled their horses around and left"

  9. wheel, wheel around(verb)

    wheel somebody or something

  10. wheel, roll(verb)

    move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle

    "The President's convoy rolled past the crowds"

  11. bicycle, cycle, bike, pedal, wheel(verb)

    ride a bicycle

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wheel(noun)ʰwil, wil

    a round object on which a car, bicycle, etc. moves along

    The wheels came off the wagon.

  2. wheelʰwil, wil

    the steering wheel of a vehicle

    to take the wheel; the person behind the wheel

Wiktionary

  1. wheel(Noun)

    A circular device capable of rotating on its axis, facilitating movement or transportation or performing labour in machines.

  2. wheel(Noun)

    A wheel-like device used as an instrument of torture or punishment.

  3. wheel(Noun)

    A steering wheel and its implied control of a vehicle.

  4. wheel(Noun)

    The instrument attached to the rudder by which a vessel is steered.

  5. wheel(Noun)

    A person with a great deal of power or influence; a big wheel.

  6. wheel(Noun)

    The lowest straight in poker: ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.

  7. wheel(Noun)

    wheel rim

  8. wheel(Verb)

    To roll along as on wheels.

    Wheel that trolley over here, would you?

  9. wheel(Verb)

    To travel around in large circles, particularly in the air.

    The vulture wheeled above us.

  10. wheel(Verb)

    To transport something or someone using any wheeled mechanism, such as a wheelchair.

  11. Origin: whele, from hweogol, hweol, from hwehwlan (cf. West Frisian tsjil, Dutch wiel, Danish hjul), from kʷekʷlóm (cf. Tocharian B kokale 'cart, wagon', Ancient Greek κύκλος 'cycle, wheel', Avestan , Sanskrit ), reduplication of *kʷel 'to turn' (cf. Welsh dymdymchwel 'to overturn, upset', Latin colere 'to till, cultivate', Tocharian AB 'to bear; bring', Ancient Greek (Aeolic) pélesthai 'to be in motion', коло 'wheel', Albanian sjell 'to turn around', Avestan 'it circulates', Sanskrit 'it moves, wanders').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wheel(noun)

    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

  2. Wheel(noun)

    any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting of, a wheel

  3. Wheel(noun)

    a spinning wheel. See under Spinning

  4. Wheel(noun)

    an instrument of torture formerly used

  5. Wheel(noun)

    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

  6. Wheel(noun)

    a potter's wheel. See under Potter

  7. Wheel(noun)

    a firework which, while burning, is caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the escaping gases

  8. Wheel(noun)

    the burden or refrain of a song

  9. Wheel(noun)

    a bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede

  10. Wheel(noun)

    a rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb

  11. Wheel(noun)

    a turn revolution; rotation; compass

  12. Wheel(verb)

    to convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood

  13. Wheel(verb)

    to put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a circle

  14. Wheel(verb)

    to turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more about; to rotate; to gyrate

  15. Wheel(verb)

    to change direction, as if revolving upon an axis or pivot; to turn; as, the troops wheeled to the right

  16. Wheel(verb)

    to go round in a circuit; to fetch a compass

  17. Wheel(verb)

    to roll forward

Freebase

  1. Wheel

    A wheel is a circular component that is intended to rotate on an axial bearing. The wheel is one of the main components of the wheel and axle which is one of the six simple machines. Wheels, in conjunction with axles, allow heavy objects to be moved easily facilitating movement or transportation while supporting a load, or performing labor in machines. Wheels are also used for other purposes, such as a ship's wheel, steering wheel, potter's wheel and flywheel. Common examples are found in transport applications. A wheel greatly reduces friction by facilitating motion by rolling together with the use of axles. In order for wheels to rotate, a moment needs to be applied to the wheel about its axis, either by way of gravity, or by the application of another external force or torque.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. wheel

    [from slang ‘big wheel’ for a powerful person] A person who has an active wheel bit. “We need to find a wheel to unwedge the hung tape drives.” (See wedged, sense 1.) The traditional name of security group zero in BSD (to which the major system-internal users like root belong) is ‘wheel’. Some vendors have expanded on this usage, modifying Unix so that only members of group ‘wheel’ can go root.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wheel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3830

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wheel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3121

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wheel' in Nouns Frequency: #1082


Translations for wheel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

wheel(noun)

a circular frame or disc turning on a rod or axle, on which vehicles etc move along the ground

A bicycle has two wheels, a tricycle three, and most cars four; a cartwheel.

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