Meaning of WHEEL in English


— wheelless , adj.

/hweel, weel/ , n.

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. See steering wheel .

4. Naut.

a. a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering: He took the wheel during the storm.

b. a paddle wheel.

c. 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 ,

a. moving, propelling, or animating agencies: the wheels of commerce; the wheels of thought.

b. Slang. a personal means of transportation, esp. 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.

15. at the wheel ,

a. at the helm of a ship, the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, etc.

b. in command or control: Her ambition is to be at the wheel of a large corporation by the age of 40.

16. hell on wheels . See hell (def. 16).

17. spin one's wheels , Informal. to expend or waste effort to no avail: He spun his wheels on that project for two years.

18. wheels within wheels , an involved interaction of motives or agencies operating to produce the final result: Government agencies are a study of wheels within wheels.


19. to cause to turn, rotate, or revolve, as on an axis.

20. to perform (a movement) in a circular or curving direction.

21. to move, roll, or convey on wheels, casters, etc.: The servants wheel the tables out.

22. to provide (a vehicle, machine, etc.) with wheels.


23. to turn on or as on an axis or about a center; revolve, rotate, or pivot.

24. to move in a circular or curving course: pigeons wheeling above.

25. to turn so as to face in a different direction (often fol. by about or around ): He wheeled about and faced his opponent squarely.

26. to change one's opinion or procedure (often fol. by about or around ): He wheeled around and argued for the opposition.

27. to roll along on or as on wheels; travel along smoothly: The car wheeled along the highway.

28. Brit. Mil. to turn: Right wheel!

29. wheel and deal , Informal. to operate dynamically for one's own profit or benefit.

[ bef. 900; (n.) ME whel ( e ), OE hweol, hweohl; c. D wiel, ON hjol; akin to Gk kýklos (see CYCLE); (v.) ME, deriv. of the n. ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .