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waterwheel

or wa·ter wheel

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

water wheel

noun
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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