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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mill-wheel

Historical Examples of mill-wheel

  • If one has not steam one uses the river to turn the mill-wheel.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Sure Job was a complainin' mill-wheel beside me, Sherm Bidwell.

  • Missy, you may come with me, if you please, and sketch me at work in the mill-wheel.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • Join up with the old order like that mill-wheel of Kipling's.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • My head is going round like a mill-wheel, and I don't know what to do.

Word Origin and History for mill-wheel

Old English mylnn-hweol; see mill (n.1) + wheel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper