or wa·ter wheel

[ waw-ter-hweel, -weel, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌʰwil, -ˌwil, ˈwɒt ər- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. waterville,
  2. watervliet,
  3. waterward,
  4. waterway,
  5. waterweed,
  6. waterworks,
  7. waterworn,
  8. watery,
  9. watford,
  10. watkins

Origin of waterwheel

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at water, wheel

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British Dictionary definitions for water wheel

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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