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)
steering wheel, wheel(noun)
a handwheel that is used for steering
forces that provide energy and direction
"the wheels of government began to turn"
a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel
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
an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
bicycle, bike, wheel, cycle(verb)
a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
wheel, wheel around(verb)
change directions as if revolving on a pivot
"They wheeled their horses around and left"
wheel, wheel around(verb)
wheel somebody or something
move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle
"The President's convoy rolled past the crowds"
bicycle, cycle, bike, pedal, wheel(verb)
ride a bicycle
A circular device capable of rotating on its axis, facilitating movement or transportation or performing labour in machines.
A wheel-like device used as an instrument of torture or punishment.
A steering wheel and its implied control of a vehicle.
The instrument attached to the rudder by which a vessel is steered.
A person with a great deal of power or influence; a big wheel.
The lowest straight in poker: ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
To roll along as on wheels.
Wheel that trolley over here, would you?
To travel around in large circles, particularly in the air.
The vulture wheeled above us.
To transport something or someone using any wheeled mechanism, such as a wheelchair.
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').
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
any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting of, a wheel
a spinning wheel. See under Spinning
an instrument of torture formerly used
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
a potter's wheel. See under Potter
a firework which, while burning, is caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the escaping gases
the burden or refrain of a song
a bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede
a rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb
a turn revolution; rotation; compass
to convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood
to put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a circle
to turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more about; to rotate; to gyrate
to change direction, as if revolving upon an axis or pivot; to turn; as, the troops wheeled to the right
to go round in a circuit; to fetch a compass
to roll forward
Origin: [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwel, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hvl, Gr. ky`klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hjl, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. 218. Cf. Cycle, Cyclopedia.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hwēl, n. a circular frame turning on an axle: an old instrument of torture: a steering-wheel: (fig.) the course of events, from the wheel, one of the attributes of Fortune, the emblem of mutability: (coll.) a bicycle or tricycle: circular motion: principle of life or motion: (Shak.) a refrain: (pl.) chariot: (slang) a dollar.—v.t. to cause to whirl: to convey on wheels: to turn.—v.i. to turn round or on an axis: to roll forward: to change direction: to move in a circle: to change about: (coll.) to ride a bicycle or tricycle.—ns. Wheel′-an′imal, -animal′cule, a rotifer; Wheel′-barrow, a barrow supported on one wheel and two handles, and driven forward by one man; Wheel′-boat, a boat having wheels, for use on water or on inclined planes; Wheel′-carr′iage, any kind of carriage moved on wheels; Wheel′-chair, a chair moving on wheels.—adj. Wheel′-cut, cut, or ground and polished, on a wheel—of glass.—n. Wheel′-cut′ter, a machine for cutting the teeth on watch and clock wheels.—p.adj. Wheeled, having wheels.—ns. Wheel′er, one who wheels: the horse nearest the wheels of a carriage: a maker of wheels; Wheel′-horse, one of the horses next the wheels in a team; Wheel′-house, a box or small house erected over the steering-wheel in ships: a paddle-box; Wheel′ing, the act of moving or conveying on wheels: a turning or circular movement of troops; Wheel′-lock, a lock for firing a gun by means of a small steel wheel; Wheel′man, a steersman: a cyclist; Wheel′-plough, a plough the depth of whose furrow is regulated by a wheel; Wheel′-race, the part of a race in which the water-wheel is fixed; Wheel′-tax, a tax on carriages; Wheel′-win′dow, a circular window with radiating tracery; Wheel′-work, a combination of wheels and their connection in machinery; Wheel′wright, a wright who makes wheels and wheel-carriages.—adj. Wheel′y, like a wheel.—Wheel and axle, one of the mechanical powers, in its primitive form a cylindrical axle, on which a wheel, concentric with the axle, is firmly fastened, the power being applied to the wheel, and the weight attached to the axis; Wheel of life (see Zoetrope); Wheels within wheels, a complication of circumstances.—Break a butterfly (fly, &c.) upon the wheel, to inflict a punishment out of all proportion to the offence: to employ great exertions for insignificant ends. [A.S. hwéol; Ice. hjól.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wheel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3830
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wheel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3121
Rank popularity for the word 'wheel' in Nouns Frequency: #1082
The numerical value of wheel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of wheel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall to-day be uppermost.
We don't have to reinvent the wheel. We can follow examples and make Maine very prosperous and very competitive.
This plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel drive successor.
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Translations for wheel
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- çarx, tәkәrAzerbaijani
- འཁོར་ལོTibetan Standard
- roda, volant, peix gros, voltar, roda de timó, rodarCatalan, Valencian
- kolo, volantCzech
- колоOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Lenkrad, Steuerrad, kreisen, RadGerman
- πηδάλιο, τσουλάω, ρόδα, τιμόνι, προσωπικότηταGreek
- pez gordo, llanta, rodar, rueda, volante, circunvolar, volar en círculosSpanish
- rooliratas, tüür, ratas, roolEstonian
- txirrika, gurpil, txirringaBasque
- pyörä, ratti, rullata, kaartaa, ratas, ruori, ruoriratti, kaarrellaFinnish
- roue, volantFrench
- tsjilWestern Frisian
- rothScottish Gaelic
- גלגל, הגהHebrew
- անիվ, ակArmenian
- cerchio, volante, pezzo grosso, girare, turbinare, ruota, cerchione, timone, ruota del timone, ruotare, roteare, volteggiareItalian
- ハンドル, 車輪, 輪Japanese
- дөңгелек, доңғалақKazakh
- Steierrad, Rad, LenkradLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- stūres rats, ritenis, ratsLatvian
- wīra, wheelMāori
- волан, тркала, тркало, управувач, кружиMacedonian
- wiel, stuurwielDutch
- ròda, arròdaOccitan
- цалхOssetian, Ossetic
- चक्क, စက္က, cakkaPāli
- timão, rodar, roda, volantePortuguese
- rouda, rodaRomansh
- колесо, рулевое колесо, баранка, руль, штурвалRussian
- roda, orroda, arroda, rotaSardinian
- коло, točak, kolo, волан, точак, ко̀та̄ч, kòtāč, volanSerbo-Croatian
- ratt, hjulSwedish
- చక్రం, చక్రముTelugu
- ล้อ, ล้อรถThai
- tigir, çarhTurkmen
- dümen, tekerlek, teker, yönelteç, dönmek, direksiyonTurkish
- коло, колесоUkrainian
- tay lái, bánh lái, bánh xeVietnamese
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