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)
- 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 Words for wheelingwhirl, spin, twirl, pivot, trundle, swivel, orbit, circle, gyrate, swing, revolve, reel, roll, pirouette
Examples from the Web for wheeling
Contemporary Examples of wheeling
And it lets the seams show on all your wheeling and dealing.Horoscopes July 3-9, 2011
Starsky + Cox
July 2, 2011
They wanted the paintings for their home and were not interested in wheeling and dealing.India's Hot Art Bazaar
January 26, 2011
Finally, to a prolonged roar, came Phyllis wheeling Del in her chair.My Marriage Was Annulled on an Otherwise Happy Night
November 6, 2008
Historical Examples of wheeling
Joe had left him then, wheeling abruptly off into the shadows.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
After the affair at Wheeling, September 1, the Indians returned home.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Wheeling about, it carried you into the heart of our own camp.The Shadow of a Crime
He saluted ceremoniously, and, wheeling his horse about, he rode away.Love-at-Arms
Stanley, wheeling like a flash, gave chase to the incendiary.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
- 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