[ hand-hweel, -weel ]

  1. a wheel, as a valve wheel, turned by hand.

Origin of handwheel

First recorded in 1930–35; hand + wheel

Words Nearby handwheel

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How to use handwheel in a sentence

  • The small handwheel, originally mounted on the machine-head shaft, is left intact.

  • Kass said as he whirled the handwheel of the inner manport, "but——"

    The Metal Moon | Everett C. Smith
  • The carriage is then moved against a positive stop by means of the handwheel.

    Turning and Boring | Franklin D. Jones
  • A small handwheel is attached to the back end of the shaft, into the rim of which a handle is set to make the turning easy.

  • The ram can then be adjusted quickly to any required height by the handwheel seen at the left.

    Turning and Boring | Franklin D. Jones