- 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)
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Idioms for wheel
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM wheelwheelless, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
Words nearby wheel
Example sentences from the Web for wheel
An ATV’s power goes to zero as soon as the wheels lose traction, so naturally, you want more grip.
But, we aren’t at a point where marketers can take our hands entirely off the steering wheel.Google’s search terms move will make millions in ad spend invisible to advertisers|Ginny Marvin|September 3, 2020|Search Engine Land
The wheels and legs do stick out a bit beyond the actual grill when it’s folded.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs|Amy Marturana Winderl|September 2, 2020|Outside Online
In hub drive systems, the motor is housed in one of the wheels.Do You Want to Buy an E-Cargo Bike? Read This First.|Joe Lindsey|August 30, 2020|Outside Online
It would have to put an impossibly large number of customers behind the wheel.Tesla has a business model problem: It can never justify its current stock price by simply making cars|Shawn Tully|August 29, 2020|Fortune
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 “little joker” was a small tin wheel with a wire attached to it, which fit inside the combination of any bank safe.
Never again would he sit behind that wheel rejoicing in the insolence of speed.
He deposited it on the vacant seat, clambered up behind the wheel, and started.
The non-elastic character of water made it unsuitable for a machine requiring a fly-wheel.
To quote Mrs. Kaye, 'A Liberal peer is as useful as a fifth wheel to a coach, and as ornamental as whitewash.'Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I think 6½ feet diameter for the fly, and 9½ inches diameter for the small wheel, will give speed enough to the drum.
British Dictionary definitions for wheel
- driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
- in charge
Derived forms of wheelwheel-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