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wheel


noun

  1. a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery.
  2. any machine, apparatus, instrument, etc., shaped like this or having a circular frame, disk, or revolving drum as an essential feature: a potter’s wheel; roulette wheel; spinning wheel.
  3. steering wheel.
  4. Nautical.
    1. a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering: He took the wheel during the storm.
    2. a paddle wheel.
    3. a propeller.
  5. Informal. a bicycle.
  6. a round object, decoration, etc.: a wheel of cheese; a design of red wheels and blue squares.
  7. an old instrument of torture in the form of a circular frame on which the victim was stretched until disjointed.
  8. a circular firework that revolves rapidly while burning; pinwheel.
  9. a rotating instrument that Fortune is represented as turning in order to bring about changes or reverses in human affairs.
  10. wheels,
    1. moving, propelling, or animating agencies: the wheels of commerce; the wheels of thought.
    2. Slang.a personal means of transportation, especially a car.
  11. a cycle, recurring action, or steady progression: the wheel of days and nights.
  12. a wheeling or circular movement: the intricate wheels of the folk dances.
  13. (formerly) a movement of troops, ships, etc., drawn up in line, as if turning on a pivot.
  14. Informal. someone active and influential, as in business, politics, etc.; an important person: a big wheel.

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