or wa·ter wheel
[waw-ter-hweel, -weel, wot-er-]
- a wheel or turbine turned by the weight or momentum of water and used to operate machinery.
- a wheel with buckets for raising or drawing water, as a noria.
- the paddle wheel of a steamboat.
Origin of waterwheel
late Middle English
word dating back to 1375–1425;
see origin at water
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for water wheel
- a simple water-driven turbine consisting of a wheel having vanes set axially across its rim, used to drive machinery
- a wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream, pond, etc
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