- 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
Examples from the Web for wheels
Contemporary Examples of wheels
How did the Inca get giant blocks of stone up mountains 500 years ago without the use of wheels?The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Apart from his wheels, Hamzat was living with few comforts and little cash.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
Will breakfast at Balthazar bring sudden revelations about Millennials and Gen Xers and their taste in wheels?Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
The Model T, which sold tens of millions before it was retired in 1927, put America on wheels.From the Model T to the Model S
The Daily Beast
September 24, 2014
She wheels an injured boy out in a shopping cart full of watermelons.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
Historical Examples of wheels
This day we had completed the repair of the wheels of half the drays.
To run straight, the axes of all the wheels must obviously be parallel.
I am sick in my soul of narrow apartments and wheels and the rush and roar of the city.Her Father's Daughter
It was set a-going, not by wheels and weights like other clocks, but by the dropping of water.Biographical Stories
There was something awful, in the heavy rumbling of the wheels.The White Old Maid (From "Twice Told Tales")
- 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