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  1. (noun) A solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.
  2. (noun) Something resembling such a disk or ring in appearance or movement or having a wheel as its principal part or characteristic, as:
  3. (noun) The steering device on a vehicle.
  4. (noun) A potter's wheel.
  5. (noun) A water wheel.
  6. (noun) A spinning wheel.
  7. (noun) Games A device used in roulette and other games of chance.
  8. (noun) A firework that rotates while burning.
  9. (noun) Informal A bicycle.
  10. (noun) An instrument to which a victim was bound for torture during the Middle Ages.
  11. (noun) Forces that provide energy, movement, or direction: the wheels of commerce.
  12. (noun) The act or process of turning; revolution or rotation.
  13. (noun) A military maneuver executed in order to change the direction of movement of a formation, as of troops or ships, in which the formation is maintained while the outer unit describes an arc and the inner or center unit remains stationary as a pivot.
  14. (noun) Slang A motor vehicle or access thereto: Do you have wheels tonight?
  15. (noun) Slang A person with a great deal of power or influence: a wheel in state government.
  16. (verb-transitive) To roll, move, or transport on wheels or a wheel.
  17. (verb-transitive) To cause to turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
  18. (verb-transitive) To provide with wheels or a wheel.
  19. (verb-intransitive) To turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
  20. (verb-intransitive) To roll or move on or as if on wheels or a wheel.
  21. (verb-intransitive) To fly in a curving or circular course: A flock of gulls wheeled just above the dock.
  22. (verb-intransitive) To turn or whirl around in place; pivot: "The boy wheeled and the fried eggs leaped from his tray” ( Ivan Gold).
  23. (verb-intransitive) To reverse one's opinion or practice: Don't be surprised if the boss wheels about on that idea.
  24. (idiom) at Operating the steering mechanism of a vehicle; driving.
  25. (idiom) at Directing or controlling; in charge.
  26. (idiom) wheel and deal Informal To engage in the advancement of one's own interests, especially in a canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous way.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Often a wheel, sometimes a cart-wheel or even a spinning-wheel, formed part of the mechanism; in Aberdeenshire it was called “the muckle wheel”; in the island of Mull the wheel was turned from east to west over nine spindles of oak-wood. - Chapter 62. The Fire-Festivals of Europe. § 8. The Need-fire
  2. Heah come a wheel -- two wheels -- three wheels; fetch one mo '; heah, a odd wheel; de train's a-saggin' down lop-sided fur one mo 'wheel! - Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches
  3. The wheel of Fortune is not the wheel of a housewife. - Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies
  4. There is no necessity of our seeing one another in the business, but I do want to put my shoulder to the wheel -- wheel of Fortune, eh? ha, ha! "and he rubbed his large hands gleefully till they fairly glowed. - The Son of Clemenceau
  5. The term wheel is used because the Buddha's teachings explain the cycle or circle of existence. - Noah Levine: The Four Noble Truths of the Revolutionary Path to Freedom


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