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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mill wheel in a sentence

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

    Hyacinth | 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
  • 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?

  • Each of them throws his mantle round another and is as swift as a millwheel.

British Dictionary definitions for millwheel


/ (ˈmɪlˌwiːl) /

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

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