wheel1 [ wil, hwil ] noun count ***
1. ) a round object that turns around and around to make a car, bicycle, or other vehicle move:
a bicycle/wagon/car wheel
front/rear wheels
on wheels: a TV table on wheels
a ) wheels plural VERY INFORMAL a car:
The girls go for the boy with the nicest-looking wheels.
2. ) a round part inside a machine that fits into another similar part and makes it turn: COG
a ) any machine or piece of equipment that is shaped like a wheel or has a wheel as its main part:
a spinning/potter's/roulette wheel
b ) the wheel the STEERING WHEEL that is used for controlling a car or other vehicle:
She had to turn the wheel sharply to avoid the dog.
take the wheel (=to drive): Would you like me to take the wheel for a while?
at/behind the wheel (=driving): It seems he had a heart attack at the wheel.
I can't wait to get behind the wheel again.
3. ) wheels plural processes or forces that cause things to happen or cause progress to be made:
the wheels of industry/justice/government: The wheels of government grind very slowly.
keep the wheels turning
to make something continue to happen or operate
set the wheels in motion or start the wheels turning
to do the thing that is necessary to make a process start
third/fifth wheel
someone in an organization or team who is not really needed
wheel of fortune
used for referring to the fact that situations can change very quickly from good to bad or from bad to good
wheel 2 [ wil, hwil ] verb
1. ) transitive to move something that has wheels by pushing it:
A man was wheeling his shopping cart to the checkout counter.
I had to get off and wheel the bike along.
a ) to move someone in something that has wheels:
They wheeled him into the operating room.
She quickly wheeled the baby across the street.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to make circular movements in the air:
The birds wheeled overhead and flew off.
wheel and deal INFORMAL
to use clever or slightly dishonest methods to get advantages from a lot of situations, especially in business or politics
,wheel a`round phrasal verb intransitive
to turn around quickly where you are standing:
She wheeled around and glared at me.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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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 — [hwēl, wēl] n. [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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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