(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.
(noun) Something resembling such a disk or ring in appearance or movement or having a wheel as its principal part or characteristic, as:
(noun) The steering device on a vehicle.
(noun) A potter's wheel.
(noun) A water wheel.
(noun) A spinning wheel.
(noun) Games A device used in roulette and other games of chance.
(noun) A firework that rotates while burning.
(noun) Informal A bicycle.
(noun) An instrument to which a victim was bound for torture during the Middle Ages.
(noun) Forces that provide energy, movement, or direction: the wheels of commerce.
(noun) The act or process of turning; revolution or rotation.
(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.
(noun) Slang A motor vehicle or access thereto: Do you have wheels tonight?
(noun) Slang A person with a great deal of power or influence: a wheel in state government.
(verb-transitive) To roll, move, or transport on wheels or a wheel.
(verb-transitive) To cause to turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
(verb-transitive) To provide with wheels or a wheel.
(verb-intransitive) To turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
(verb-intransitive) To roll or move on or as if on wheels or a wheel.
(verb-intransitive) To fly in a curving or circular course: A flock of gulls wheeled just above the dock.
(verb-intransitive) To turn or whirl around in place; pivot: "The boy wheeled and the fried eggs leaped from his tray” ( Ivan Gold).
(verb-intransitive) To reverse one's opinion or practice: Don't be surprised if the boss wheels about on that idea.
(idiom) at Operating the steering mechanism of a vehicle; driving.
(idiom) at Directing or controlling; in charge.
(idiom) wheel and deal Informal To engage in the advancement of one's own interests, especially in a canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous way.
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
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
The wheel of Fortune is not the wheel of a housewife. - Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies
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
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