- a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering: He took the wheel during the storm.
- a paddle wheel.
- a propeller.
- moving, propelling, or animating agencies: the wheels of commerce; the wheels of thought.
- Slang. a personal means of transportation, especially a car.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby wheel
Idioms for wheel
- at the helm of a ship, the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, etc.
- in command or control: Her ambition is to be at the wheel of a large corporation by the age of 40.
Origin of wheel
OTHER WORDS FROM wheelwheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
British Dictionary definitions for at the wheel
- driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
- in charge
Derived forms of wheelwheel-less, adjective
Word Origin for wheel
Idioms and Phrases with at the wheel (1 of 2)
In command, in control. For example, Ann hated being told what to do; she wanted to be at the wheel by herself. The analogy here is to the steering wheel of an automobile or other vehicle, or the helm of a vessel. For a synonym, see at the helm.
Idioms and Phrases with at the wheel (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with wheel
- wheel and deal
- wheels in motion
- wheels within wheels
- asleep at the switch (wheel)
- at the wheel
- big cheese (wheel)
- cog in the wheel
- fifth wheel
- grease (oil) the wheels
- hell on wheels
- put one's shoulder to the wheel
- reinvent the wheel
- set (wheels) in motion
- spin one's wheels
- squeaky wheel gets the grease