- 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 formswheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for wheels
How did the Inca get giant blocks of stone up mountains 500 years ago without the use of wheels?
Apart from his wheels, Hamzat was living with few comforts and little cash.
Will breakfast at Balthazar bring sudden revelations about Millennials and Gen Xers and their taste in wheels?
The Model T, which sold tens of millions before it was retired in 1927, put America on wheels.
She wheels an injured boy out in a shopping cart full of watermelons.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath|Nina Strochlic|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If not we'll walk to that village with the church over there and see if we can get something on wheels to pursue August with.The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rgen|Elizabeth von Arnim
They were the trot of a horse's hoofs and the roll of wheels, and before we reached the hall-door the bell was ringing.Willing to Die|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The wheels of the undercarriage have a way of throwing up mud on to the lower surface.The Aeroplane Speaks|H. Barber
The sound of wheels had brought faces to the windows; lamps were lit in the rooms and passages.Wanderers|Knut Hamsun
Now he started with his heavily-laden vehicle through the village; the wheels creaked and crackled in the snow.Christian Gellert's Last Christmas|Berthold Auerbach
British Dictionary definitions for wheels (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wheels (2 of 2)
- driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
- in charge
Derived Formswheel-less, adjective
Word Origin for wheel
Idioms and Phrases with wheels
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