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1. A solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.
2. Something resembling such a disk or ring in appearance or movement or having a wheel as its principal part or characteristic, as:
a. The steering device on a vehicle.
b. A potter's wheel.
c. A water wheel.
d. A spinning wheel.
e. GamesA device used in roulette and other games of chance.
f. A firework that rotates while burning.
g. InformalA bicycle.
h. An instrument to which a victim was bound for torture during the Middle Ages.
3. wheelsForces that provide energy, movement, or direction:the wheels of commerce.
4. The act or process of turning; revolution or rotation.
5. A military maneuver executed in order to change the direction of movement of a formation, as of troops or ships, in which the formation is maintained while the outer unit describes an arc and the inner or center unit remains stationary as a pivot.
6. wheelsSlangA motor vehicle or access thereto:Do you have wheels tonight?
7. SlangA person with a great deal of power or influence:a wheel in state government.
v.wheeled, wheel·ing, wheels
1. To roll, move, or transport on wheels or a wheel.
2. To cause to turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
3. To provide with wheels or a wheel.
1. To turn around or as if around a central axis; revolve or rotate.
2. To roll or move on or as if on wheels or a wheel.
3. To fly in a curving or circular course:A flock of gulls wheeled just above the dock.
4. To turn or whirl around in place; pivot:"The boy wheeled and the fried eggs leaped from his tray"(Ivan Gold).
5. To reverse one's opinion or practice:Don't be surprised if the boss wheels about on that idea.
1. Operating the steering mechanism of a vehicle; driving.
2. Directing or controlling; in charge.
wheel and dealInformal
To engage in the advancement of one's own interests, especially in a canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous way.
[Middle English, fromOld Englishhwēol; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.]