wheel

[ hweel, weel ]
/ ʰwil, wil /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. wheatstone bridge,
  2. wheatstone, sir charles,
  3. wheatworm,
  4. whee,
  5. wheedle,
  6. wheel and axle,
  7. wheel and deal,
  8. wheel animalcule,
  9. wheel back,
  10. wheel blacks

Idioms

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 wheels within wheels

wheel

/ (wiːl) /

noun

verb

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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Word Origin and History for wheels within wheels
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Idioms and Phrases with wheels within wheels

wheels within wheels

Complex interacting processes, agents, or motives, as in It's difficult to find out just which government agency is responsible; there are wheels within wheels. This term, which now evokes the complex interaction of gears, may derive from a scene in the Bible (Ezekiel 1:16): “Their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” [c. 1600]

wheel

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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