[ hwee-ling, wee- ]
/ ˈʰwi lɪŋ, ˈwi- /


the act of a person who moves, travels, conveys, etc., on or as on wheels, especially cycling.
a rotating or circular motion: the wheeling of birds.
the condition of a road for travel by wheeled vehicles: A state highway is usually good wheeling.

Origin of wheeling

First recorded in 1475–85; wheel + -ing1

Definition for wheeling (2 of 3)


[ hwee-ling, wee- ]
/ ˈʰwi lɪŋ, ˈwi- /


a city in N West Virginia, on the Ohio River.
a town in NE Illinois.

Definition for wheeling (3 of 3)


[ hweel, weel ]
/ ʰwil, wil /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of wheel

before 900; (noun) Middle English whel(e), Old English hwēol, hweohl; cognate with Dutch wiel, Old Norse hjōl; akin to Greek kýklos (see cycle); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related formswheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for wheeling


/ (wiːl) /



See also wheels
Derived Formswheel-less, adjective

Word Origin for wheel

Old English hweol, hweowol; related to Old Norse hvēl, Greek kuklos, Middle Low German wēl, Dutch wiel
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Idioms and Phrases with wheeling


In addition to the idioms beginning with wheel

  • wheel and deal
  • wheels in motion
  • wheels within wheels

also see:

  • 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

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