- a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering: He took the wheel during the storm.
- a paddle wheel.
- a propeller.
- moving, propelling, or animating agencies: the wheels of commerce; the wheels of thought.
- Slang. a personal means of transportation, especially a car.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- at the helm of a ship, the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, etc.
- in command or control: Her ambition is to be at the wheel of a large corporation by the age of 40.
Origin of wheel
Related formswheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for wheel
They were racing toward the corner of Tompkins and Myrtle avenues with Johnson at the wheel when another call came over the radio.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They think Putin is the only evil in Russia and dream about getting rid of him,” he said, tightening his grip on the wheel.
Maybe the wheel will turn again, and heterosexuality will come to seem edgy.
It was only a matter of time that the wheel turned its full revolution.
The deepest cuts in the wheel showed the numbers of the combination.
I suppose it is a sort of nemesis of wit; the skidding of a wheel in the height of its speed.George Bernard Shaw|Gilbert K. Chesterton
Marston saw Wyndham run aft and push the Kroo from the wheel, but this was the last he saw clearly for sometime.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
Yes, were on our way, said Mr. Howbridge, giving the wheel a turn and sending the houseboat out into the stream.The Corner House Girls on a Houseboat|Grace Brooks Hill
My David and Julius and Benny, they could die for joy to wheel their little sister in this baby-carriage.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
He put the lift under his own, and started the wheel revolving.All on the Irish Shore|E. Somerville and Martin Ross
British Dictionary definitions for wheel
- driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
- in charge
Derived Formswheel-less, adjective
Word Origin for wheel
Idioms and Phrases with wheel
In addition to the idioms beginning with wheel
- wheel and deal
- wheels in motion
- wheels within wheels
- asleep at the switch (wheel)
- at the wheel
- big cheese (wheel)
- cog in the wheel
- fifth wheel
- grease (oil) the wheels
- hell on wheels
- put one's shoulder to the wheel
- reinvent the wheel
- set (wheels) in motion
- spin one's wheels
- squeaky wheel gets the grease