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Meaning of WHEEL

Pronunciation:  weel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cycle that has two wheels; moved by foot pedals
  2. [n]  a handwheel that is used for steering
  3. [n]  an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
  4. [n]  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
  5. [n]  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. [n]  a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel
  7. [v]  move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle; "The President's convoy rolled past the crowds"
  8. [v]  ride a bicycle
  9. [v]  change directions as of revolving on a pivot; "They wheeled their horses around and left"
  10. [v]  wheel somebody or something

WHEEL is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: bicycle, bicycle, bike, bike, cycle, pedal, rack, roll, roulette wheel, steering wheel, wheel around
 See Also: all-terrain bike, backpedal, balance wheel, bicycle seat, bicycle wheel, bicycle-built-for-two, bowl, buffing wheel, car wheel, cartwheel, cartwheel, chain, coaster brake, cogwheel, cycle, daisy print wheel, daisy wheel, driving wheel, emery wheel, felloe, felly, foot lever, foot pedal, game equipment, gear, gear wheel, go, go around, grinding wheel, handlebar, handwheel, helm, instrument of torture, locomote, machine, mountain bike, move, mudguard, nosewheel, off-roader, ordinary, ordinary bicycle, paddle wheel, paddlewheel, pedal, potter's wheel, push-bike, ratchet wheel, revolve, ride, rim, roller, rotate, roulette, rowel, saddle, safety bicycle, safety bike, simple machine, splashguard, sprocket, sprocket wheel, steering mechanism, steering system, tandem, tandem bicycle, toothed wheel, transport, travel, treadle, troll, trundle, velocipede, wagon wheel, water wheel, waterwheel, wheeled vehicle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wheel\, 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}.]
    1. 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.
             The gasping charioteer beneath the wheel Of his own
             car.                                  --Dryden.
    2. Any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting
       of, a wheel. Specifically:
       (a) A spinning wheel. See under {Spinning}.
       (b) An instrument of torture formerly used.
                 His examination is like that which is made by
                 the rack and wheel.               --Addison.
    Note: This mode of torture is said to have been first
          employed in Germany, in the fourteenth century. The
          criminal was laid on a cart wheel with his legs and
          arms extended, and his limbs in that posture were
          fractured with an iron bar. In France, where its use
          was restricted to the most atrocious crimes, the
          criminal was first laid on a frame of wood in the form
          of a St. Andrew's cross, with grooves cut transversely
          in it above and below the knees and elbows, and the
          executioner struck eight blows with an iron bar, so as
          to break the limbs in those places, sometimes finishing
          by two or three blows on the chest or stomach, which
          usually put an end to the life of the criminal, and
          were hence called coups-de-grace -- blows of mercy. The
          criminal was then unbound, and laid on a small wheel,
          with his face upward, and his arms and legs doubled
          under him, there to expire, if he had survived the
          previous treatment. --Brande.
       (c) (Naut.) 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.
       (d) (Pottery) A potter's wheel. See under {Potter}.
                 Then I went down to the potter's house, and,
                 behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. --Jer.
                                                   xviii. 3.
                 Turn, turn, my wheel! This earthen jar A touch
                 can make, a touch can mar.        --Longfellow.
       (e) (Pyrotechny) A firework which, while burning, is
           caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the
           escaping gases.
       (f) (Poetry) The burden or refrain of a song.
    Note: ``This meaning has a low degree of authority, but is
          supposed from the context in the few cases where the
          word is found.'' --Nares.
                You must sing a-down a-down, An you call him
                a-down-a. O, how the wheel becomes it! --Shak.
    3. A bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede.
    4. A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form;
       a disk; an orb. --Milton.
    5. A turn revolution; rotation; compass.
             According to the common vicissitude and wheel of
             things, the proud and the insolent, after long
             trampling upon others, come at length to be trampled
             upon themselves.                      --South.
             [He] throws his steep flight in many an a["e]ry
             wheel.                                --Milton.
    {A wheel within a wheel}, or {Wheels within wheels}, a
       complication of circumstances, motives, etc.
    {Balance wheel}. See in the Vocab.
    {Bevel wheel}, {Brake wheel}, {Cam wheel}, {Fifth wheel},
    {Overshot wheel}, {Spinning wheel}, etc. See under {Bevel},
       {Brake}, etc.
    {Core wheel}. (Mach.)
       (a) A mortise gear.
       (b) A wheel having a rim perforated to receive wooden
           cogs; the skeleton of a mortise gear.
    {Measuring wheel}, an odometer, or perambulator.
    {Wheel and axle} (Mech.), one of the elementary machines or
       mechanical powers, consisting of a wheel fixed to an axle,
       and used for raising great weights, by applying the power
       to the circumference of the wheel, and attaching the
       weight, by a rope or chain, to that of the axle. Called
       also {axis in peritrochio}, and {perpetual lever}, -- the
       principle of equilibrium involved being the same as in the
       lever, while its action is continuous. See {Mechanical
       powers}, under {Mechanical}.
    {Wheel animal}, or {Wheel animalcule} (Zo["o]l.), any one of
       numerous species of rotifers having a ciliated disk at the
       anterior end.
    {Wheel barometer}. (Physics) See under {Barometer}.
    {Wheel boat}, a boat with wheels, to be used either on water
       or upon inclined planes or railways.
    {Wheel bug} (Zo["o]l.), a large North American hemipterous
       insect ({Prionidus cristatus}) which sucks the blood of
       other insects. So named from the curious shape of the
    {Wheel carriage}, a carriage moving on wheels.
    {Wheel chains}, or {Wheel ropes} (Naut.), the chains or ropes
       connecting the wheel and rudder.
    {Wheel cutter}, a machine for shaping the cogs of gear
       wheels; a gear cutter.
    {Wheel horse}, one of the horses nearest to the wheels, as
       opposed to a leader, or forward horse; -- called also
    {Wheel lathe}, a lathe for turning railway-car wheels.
    {Wheel lock}.
       (a) A letter lock. See under {Letter}.
       (b) A kind of gunlock in which sparks were struck from a
           flint, or piece of iron pyrites, by a revolving wheel.
       (c) A kind of brake a carriage.
    {Wheel ore} (Min.), a variety of bournonite so named from the
       shape of its twin crystals. See {Bournonite}.
    {Wheel pit} (Steam Engine), a pit in the ground, in which the
       lower part of the fly wheel runs.
    {Wheel plow}, or {Wheel plough}, a plow having one or two
       wheels attached, to render it more steady, and to regulate
       the depth of the furrow.
    {Wheel press}, a press by which railway-car wheels are forced
       on, or off, their axles.
    {Wheel race}, the place in which a water wheel is set.
    {Wheel rope} (Naut.), a tiller rope. See under {Tiller}.
    {Wheel stitch} (Needlework), a stitch resembling a spider's
       web, worked into the material, and not over an open space.
       --Caulfeild & S. (Dict. of Needlework).
    {Wheel tree} (Bot.), a tree ({Aspidosperma excelsum}) of
       Guiana, which has a trunk so curiously fluted that a
       transverse section resembles the hub and spokes of a
       coarsely made wheel. See {Paddlewood}.
    {Wheel urchin} (Zo["o]l.), any sea urchin of the genus
       {Rotula} having a round, flat shell.
    {Wheel window} (Arch.), a circular window having radiating
       mullions arranged like the spokes of a wheel. Cf. {Rose
       window}, under {Rose}.
  2. \Wheel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wheeled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel
       a load of hay or wood.
    2. To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or
       revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a
       circle. ``The beetle wheels her droning flight.'' --Gray.
             Now heaven, in all her glory, shone, and rolled Her
             motions, as the great first mover's hand First
             wheeled their course.                 --Milton.
  3. \Wheel\, v. i.
    1. To turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more
       about; to rotate; to gyrate.
             The moon carried about the earth always shows the
             same face to us, not once wheeling upon her own
             center.                               --Bentley.
    2. To change direction, as if revolving upon an axis or
       pivot; to turn; as, the troops wheeled to the right.
             Being able to advance no further, they are in a fair
             way to wheel about to the other extreme. --South.
    3. To go round in a circuit; to fetch a compass.
             Then wheeling down the steep of heaven he flies.
    4. To roll forward.
             Thunder mixed with hail, Hail mixed with fire, must
             rend the Egyptian sky, And wheel on the earth,
             devouring where it rolls.             --Milton.
Computing Dictionary

[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).

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing rotating wheels in your dream means completion or continuation of a familiar situation. Your life and daily routine is become to repetitious. Be more spontaneous.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. galgal; rendered "wheel" in Ps. 83:13, and "a rolling thing" in Isa. 17:13; R.V. in both, "whirling dust"). This word has been supposed to mean the wild artichoke, which assumes the form of a globe, and in autumn breaks away from its roots, and is rolled about by the wind in some places in great numbers.