mill wheel

  1. 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

Words Nearby mill wheel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mill wheel in a sentence

  • Across the fields came the sharpening of a scythe, the cry of the grasshoppers, and the sound of a mill-wheel arose near by.

  • 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
  • While she sleeps the soldier takes the skin and nails it fast to the mill-wheel, so that she cannot recover it.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • To the left, a fortified gate gaped on emptiness; to the right, a mill-wheel hung in the stream.

    Coming Home | Edith Wharton
  • On and on, till their heads felt light as a child's toy balloon and the blood in their ears pounded like a mill-wheel.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen

British Dictionary definitions for millwheel


/ (ˈmɪlˌwiːl) /

  1. a wheel, esp a waterwheel, that drives a mill

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