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[hweel-bar-oh, weel-]
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  1. a frame or box for conveying a load, supported at one end by a wheel or wheels, and lifted and pushed at the other by two horizontal shafts.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to move or convey in a wheelbarrow.
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Origin of wheelbarrow

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at wheel, barrow1
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  1. a simple vehicle for carrying small loads, typically being an open container supported by a wheel at the front and two legs and two handles behind
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  1. (tr) to convey in a wheelbarrow
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Word Origin and History for wheelbarrow


mid-14c., from wheel (n.) + barrow (n.1).

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