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[hwawrv, wawrv]
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  1. Spinning. a wheel or round piece of wood on a spindle, serving as a flywheel or as a pulley.
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Origin of wharve

before 1000; Middle English wherve, Old English hweorfa; derivative of hwerfan to revolve
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British Dictionary definitions for wharve


  1. a wooden disc or wheel on a shaft serving as a flywheel or pulley
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Word Origin

Old English hweorfa, from hweorfan to revolve; related to Old Saxon hwervo axis, Old High German hwerbo a turn
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