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mill wheel

a wheel, especially a waterwheel, for driving a mill.
Origin of mill wheel
before 1000; Middle English myln whele, Old English mylenhwēol. See mill1, wheel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I see what it is: he must have got caught in some mill wheel: that's what has cut him up like that.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • You return to the mill, and go to the granary; I will climb up the mill wheel.

    Legend of Moulin Huet

    Lizzie A. Freeth
  • And as they stood enchanted, the mill wheel turning and turning, who should come towards them but the cher Maître.


    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Hollowed-out-tree-trunks supported by boards carry the water to the mill wheel, over which it falls.

  • She passes along, still asleep, to the lightly built bridge spanning the mill wheel, which is still turning round quickly.

  • The mill wheel moved no more; great icicles hung from the paddles and long snowdrifts lay piled against the dam.

  • For suddenly the mill wheel has turned round with a tremendous crash, and the brave young soldier has been hurled down!

    Legend of Moulin Huet

    Lizzie A. Freeth
  • It was some little while before he was able to climb off the mill wheel, and he staggered, too, when he reached the ground.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • The story of the tying to the mill wheel had roused his suspicions as to her sanity—this last speech convinced him.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • The mill wheel was still; the roar of the waterfall was the only sound abroad under the inky sky.


    Marion Harland

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