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 millwheel

Historical Examples of millwheel

  • Everything is going round and round in my head like a millwheel.

  • How could I speak when my brain was whirling like a millwheel, and my voice choked in my throat?

  • For if the gates were opened, he would be swept into the millwheel, and there would be the end—the everlasting end.

  • Long windows opened out on to a lawn stretching down to the watercourse which fed the millwheel.


    George A. Birmingham

  • Moss and grass on a millwheel in the Midi are no surer signs of abandonment and disuse than a dry millrace.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

British Dictionary definitions for millwheel



a wheel, esp a waterwheel, that drives a mill
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