Meaning of WHEEL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ (h)wi:l ]

( wheels, wheeling, wheeled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The wheels of a vehicle are the circular objects which are fixed underneath it and which enable it to move along the ground.

The car wheels spun and slipped on some oil on the road.


Something on wheels has wheels attached to the bottom, so that it can be moved easily.

...a trolley on wheels...

The stove is on wheels so it can be shuffled around easily.

PHRASE : n PHR , v-link PHR


A wheel is a circular object which forms a part of a machine, usually a moving part.

...an eighteenth century mill with a water wheel.



The wheel of a car or other vehicle is the circular object that is used to steer it. The wheel is used in expressions to talk about who is driving a vehicle. For example, if someone is at the wheel of a car, they are driving it.

My co-pilot suddenly grabbed the wheel...

Curtis got behind the wheel and they started back toward the cottage...

Roberto handed Flynn the keys and let him take the wheel.

= steering wheel

N-COUNT : usu sing , the N


If you wheel an object that has wheels somewhere, you push it along.

He wheeled his bike into the alley at the side of the house...

They wheeled her out on the stretcher.

VERB : V n prep / adv , V n prep / adv


If something such as a group of animals or birds wheels , it moves in a circle. ( LITERARY )

A flock of crows wheeled overhead.



If you wheel around, you turn around suddenly where you are standing, often because you are surprised, shocked, or angry.

He wheeled around to face her...

VERB : V adv


People talk about the wheels of an organization or system to mean the way in which it operates.

He knows the wheels of administration turn slowly.

to oil the wheels: see oil

N-PLURAL : the N of n


see also Catherine wheel , meals on wheels , potter’s wheel , spare wheel , spinning wheel , steering wheel , water wheel

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