- wheeler, william almon,
- wheelie bin,
- wheelock, eleazar,
- wheels in motion
Origin of wheeling
- 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)
Origin of wheel
Examples from the Web for wheeling
And it lets the seams show on all your wheeling and dealing.
They wanted the paintings for their home and were not interested in wheeling and dealing.
Finally, to a prolonged roar, came Phyllis wheeling Del in her chair.My Marriage Was Annulled on an Otherwise Happy Night|Paul Festa|November 6, 2008|DAILY BEAST
Im sure Id rather march, and, if it came to that, die in fingering than in wheeling.Adrienne Toner|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
On our arrival at Wheeling the streets and river banks were crowded with people, who flocked from every direction to see us.
"Now's our last chance," said The Cat, wheeling like a cockchafer on a pin.The Day's Work, Volume 1|Rudyard Kipling
"We can find out only by returning," replied Roswell, wheeling about and leading the way back.Klondike Nuggets|E. S. Ellis
With exultant yells, their left comes sweeping on, wheeling to envelop our right.In The Ranks|R. E. McBride
- driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
- in charge
Word Origin for wheel
"to turn like a wheel," early 13c., from wheel (n.); transitive sense attested from late 14c. Related: Wheeled; wheeling.
Old English hweol, hweogol, from Proto-Germanic *khwekhwlan, *khwegwlan (cf. Old Norse hvel, Old Swedish hiughl, Old Frisian hwel, Middle Dutch weel), from PIE *k(w)e-k(w)lo- "wheel, circle" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kolo "wheel"), a reduplicated form from root *k(w)el- "to go round" (see cycle (n.)).
The root wegh-, "to convey, especially by wheeled vehicle," is found in virtually every branch of Indo-European, including now Anatolian. The root, as well as other widely represented roots such as aks- and nobh-, attests to the presence of the wheel -- and vehicles using it -- at the time Proto-Indo-European was spoken. [Watkins, p. 96]
Figurative sense is early 14c. Slang wheels "a car" is recorded from 1959. Wheeler-dealer is from 1954, a rhyming elaboration of dealer; wheelie is from 1966.
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