• Wheel and Woe
    Wheel and Woe
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wheel move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle "The President's convoy rolled past the crowds"
    • v wheel ride a bicycle
    • v wheel change directions as if revolving on a pivot "They wheeled their horses around and left"
    • v wheel wheel somebody or something
    • n wheel a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
    • n wheel an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims
    • n wheel game equipment consisting of a wheel with slots that is used for gambling; the wheel rotates horizontally and players bet on which slot the roulette ball will stop in
    • n wheel a handwheel that is used for steering
    • n wheel a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
    • n wheel a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel
    • n wheel forces that provide energy and direction "the wheels of government began to turn"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Freemasonry of the Wheel The Freemasonry of the Wheel
A repeated and complex spiral, wheel and lotus design A repeated and complex spiral, wheel and lotus design
The Ferris Wheel wuz indeed nigh to us, and I forgive Josiah for his ardor when I see it The Ferris Wheel wuz indeed nigh to us, and I forgive Josiah for his ardor when I see it
company--right Wheel!' 077 company--right Wheel!' 077
I told 'ee to grease the wheels I told 'ee to grease the wheels
A Spinning Wheel A Spinning Wheel
A wheel animalcule A wheel animalcule
The lame boy turning the wheel The lame boy turning the wheel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular Hot Wheels vehicle sold is the Corvette
    • Wheel A bicycle or a tricycle; a velocipede.
    • Wheel A circular frame having handles on the periphery, and an axle which is so connected with the tiller as to form a means of controlling the rudder for the purpose of steering.
    • Wheel A circular frame turning about an axis; a rotating disk, whether solid, or a frame composed of an outer rim, spokes or radii, and a central hub or nave, in which is inserted the axle, -- used for supporting and conveying vehicles, in machinery, and for various purposes; as, the wheel of a wagon, of a locomotive, of a mill, of a watch, etc. "The gasping charioteer beneath the wheel Of his own car."
    • Wheel A firework which, while burning, is caused to revolve on an axis by the reaction of the escaping gases.
    • Wheel A potter's wheel. See under Potter.
    • Wheel A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb.
    • Wheel A spinning wheel. See under Spinning.
    • Wheel A turn revolution; rotation; compass. "According to the common vicissitude and wheel of things, the proud and the insolent, after long trampling upon others, come at length to be trampled upon themselves.""He] throws his steep flight in many an aëry wheel ."
    • Wheel An instrument of torture formerly used.
    • Wheel Any instrument having the form of, or chiefly consisting of, a wheel.
    • Wheel The burden or refrain of a song.
    • Wheel To change direction, as if revolving upon an axis or pivot; to turn; as, the troops wheeled to the right. "Being able to advance no further, they are in a fair way to wheel about to the other extreme."
    • Wheel To convey on wheels, or in a wheeled vehicle; as, to wheel a load of hay or wood.
    • Wheel To go round in a circuit; to fetch a compass. "Then wheeling down the steep of heaven he flies."
    • Wheel To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to cause to gyrate; to make or perform in a circle. "The beetle wheels her droning flight.""Now heaven, in all her glory, shone, and rolled
      Her motions, as the great first mover's hand
      First wheeled their course."
    • Wheel To roll forward. "Thunder mixed with hail,
      Hail mixed with fire, must rend the Egyptian sky,
      And wheel on the earth, devouring where it rolls."
    • Wheel To turn on an axis, or as on an axis; to revolve; to more about; to rotate; to gyrate. "The moon carried about the earth always shows the same
      face to us, not once wheeling upon her own center."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter "T."
    • n wheel A movement in drill in which a line changes front without destroying the alinement.
    • n wheel The driving-wheel of a bicycle which has a releasing-device for freeing the pedals for coasting.
    • n wheel A circular frame or solid disk turning on an axis. Wheels, as applied to vehicles, usually consist of a nave, into which are inserted spokes or radii, connecting it with the periphery or circular ring. (See car-wheel (with cut); also cuts under car-track and felly.) Wheels are most important agents in machinery, being employed in a variety of forms and combinations for a great variety of purposes, as for transmitting motion, regulating velocity, converting one species of motion into another, reducing friction, equalizing the effect of forces applied in an intermittent or irregular manner, etc.
    • n wheel Any instrument, apparatus, machine, or other object shaped like a wheel, or the essential feature of which is a wheel: as, a mill-wheel, a spinning-wheel, or a potters' wheel.
    • n wheel Nautical, a circular frame with handles projecting from the periphery, and an axle on which are wound the ropes or chains which connect with the rudder for steering a ship; a steering-wheel. Where a ship is steered by steam, in place of an ordinary wheel a small wheel is used, by turning which steam is admitted to the engines which turn the barrel on which the wheel-rope is wound.
    • n wheel An instrument of torture. See to break on the wheel, under break.
    • n wheel A firework of a circular shape which revolves on an axis, while burning by the reaction of the escaping gases. See catharine-wheel, 3, and pinwheel, 3.
    • n wheel plural Figuratively, a carriage; a chariot.
    • n wheel One of the attributes of Fortune, the emblem of mutability.
    • n wheel A bicycle or a tricycle.
    • n wheel In zoology:
    • n wheel The characteristic organ of a wheel-animalcule; the trochal disk of a rotifer; a wheel-organ (which see). See cuts under Rotifer, Rotifera, and trochal.
    • n wheel Some discoid or wheel-shaped calcareous or silicious concretion, as of an echinoderm or a sponge; a wheel-spicule.
    • n wheel A circular course or motion; a whirling round; a revolution; rotation; also, a wheeling, turning, or bending.
    • n wheel A motive power; in the plural, machinery; hence, a principle of life or motion.
    • n wheel The burden of a song; a refrain: perhaps in allusion to its regular recurrence.
    • n wheel A factory for grinding cutlery.
    • n wheel A dollar.
    • n wheel In embroidery and fancy needlework, an opening, not necessarily circular, filled with radiating bars or brides of thread. It is a common form of decoration for collars and similar washable garments. Sometimes the radiating lines are interspersed with loops, festoons, and the like, or are of different lengths, so that a part of the opening will be filled with more bands than another part, producing diversity of pattern.
    • n wheel See ward, 11.
    • n wheel Figuratively, something superfluous or useless.
    • n wheel to subject one to a punishment out of all proportion to the gravity of the offense and the importance of the offender; hence, to employ great means or exertions for the attainment of trifling ends.
    • n wheel A device for dividing a circle into any number of equal parts.
    • n wheel (See also breast wheel, bull-wheel, catharine-wheel, cog-wheel, crown-wheel, dial-wheel, flange-wheel, measuring-wheel, pinwheel.)
    • wheel To cause to turn, or to move in a circle; make to rotate, revolve, or change direction.
    • wheel To convey on wheels or in a vehicle mounted on wheels.
    • wheel To make or perform in a circle; give a circular direction or form to.
    • wheel To provide with a wheel or wheels: as, to wheel a cart.
    • wheel To cause to move on or as on wheels; rotate; cause to turn: as, to wheel a rank of soldiers.
    • wheel To turn on a wheel.
    • wheel In tanning, to submit to the action of a pin-wheel. See pinwheel, 2.
    • wheel To shape by means of the wheel, as in pottery. See potters' wheel (under potter), and throw, transitive verb, 2.
    • wheel To break upon the wheel. See break.
    • wheel To turn on or as on an axis or about a center; rotate; revolve.
    • wheel To change direction of course, as if moving on a pivot or center.
    • wheel To move in a circular or spiral course.
    • wheel To take a circular course; return upon one's steps; hence, to wander; go out of the straight way.
    • wheel To travel smoothly; go at a round pace; trundle along; roll forward.
    • wheel To move on wheels; specifically, to ride a bicycle or tricycle; travel by means of a bicycle or tricycle.
    • wheel To change or reverse one's opinion or course of action: frequently with about.
    • n wheel An old spelling of wheal.
    • n wheel See wheal.
    • n wheel An erroneous dialectal form of weel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anyone could come to Andrew Jackson's public parties at the White House. At his last one, a wheel of cheese weighing 1,400 lbs. was eaten in two hours. The White House smelled of cheese for weeks.
    • n Wheel hwēl a circular frame turning on an axle: an old instrument of torture: a steering-wheel: : : : :
    • v.t Wheel to cause to whirl: to convey on wheels: to turn
    • v.i Wheel to turn round or on an axis: to roll forward: to change direction: to move in a circle: to change about:
    • n Wheel hwēl (fig.) the course of events, from the wheel, one of the attributes of Fortune, the emblem of mutability
    • n Wheel hwēl (coll.) a bicycle or tricycle: circular motion: principle of life or motion
    • n Wheel hwēl (Shak.) a refrain
    • n Wheel hwēl (pl.) chariot
    • n Wheel hwēl (slang) a dollar
    • v.i Wheel (coll.) to ride a bicycle or tricycle
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  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda
    “The best actors do not let the wheels show.”
  • Benito Mussolini
    Benito Mussolini
    “Blood alone moves the wheels of history.”
  • Frank Dane
    “Blessed is he who talks in circles, for he shall become a big wheel.”
  • Henry Wheeler Shaw
    Henry Wheeler Shaw
    “The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The legs are the wheels of creativity.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?”


Asleep at the wheel - If someone is asleep at the wheel, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the switch' is an alternative.
Fifth wheel - (USA) A fifth wheel is something unnecessary or useless.
Put your shoulder to the wheel - When you put your shoulder to the wheel, you contribute to an effort.
Reinvent the wheel - If someone reinvents the wheel, they waste their time doing something that has already been done by other people, when they could be doing something more worthwhile.
Set the wheels in motion - When you set the wheels in motion, you get something started.
Squeaky wheel gets the grease - (USA) When people say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, they mean that the person who complains or protests the loudest attracts attention and service.
Wheels fall off - When the wheels fall off something, it goes wrong or fails. ('Wheels come off' is an alternative.)
Wheels within wheels - When there are wheels within wheels, there are complex inter-related processes, motives, etc, that are very difficulty to understand.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hweól, hweogul, hweowol,; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hvēl, Gr. ky`klos, Skr. cakra,; cf. Icel. hjōl, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul,. √218. Cf. Cycle Cyclopedia


In literature:

Cornwood stood at the wheel, as though he had chosen the duty he intended to perform.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Lieutenant Raymond's eyes were dancing then; he had taken the wheel himself and was hard at work.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
They went to the end of the bridge, apart from the man at the wheel.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The trestle that the wheel hung on was only half as high as the wheel.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Close by the nose wheel he slipped and steadied himself by the shaft which reaches down to the wheel's hub.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Agatha held her hands up with one foot upon a spoke of the wheels as Wyllard leaned down, and next moment she was lifted upwards.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
His New Zealander on Wheels!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Do you suppose I'd have kept the wheel with you in the car?
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
She could distinguish the clashing tinkle of the mowers, the crackle of the harsh stems, and the rattle of waggon wheels.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
He wheeled like a flash, bending out of the window, just as a howl floated upward.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock

In poetry:

From the wheel and the drift of Things
Deliver us, Good Lord,
And we will face the wrath of Kings,
The faggot and the sword!
"The Prayer of Miriam Cohen" by Rudyard Kipling
Mother, I cannot mind my wheel;
My fingers ache, my lips are dry:
O, if you felt the pain I feel!
But O, who ever felt as I?
"Mother, I cannot mind my wheel" by Walter Savage Landor
Mother, I cannot mind my wheel;
My fingers ache, my lips are dry;
Oh! if you felt the pain I feel!
But oh, who ever felt as I!
"Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel" by Sappho
Hark ! I hear the wheels advancing,
Wheels that bear me far away ;
Adieu ! ye joys once gaily dancing,
Pleasures, innocent as gay.
"The Lover's Departure" by Laura Sophia Temple
She said her mother never let
Her speak a word at meals;
"But now," said Grandmamma, "you'd think
That children's tongues had wheels
"When We Went Out With Grandmamma" by Kate Greenaway
Arrived at her door, we left her
With a drippingly hurried adieu,
And our wheels went crunching the gravel
Of the oak-darkened avenue.
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

2011 Chevy Silverado Bmp Wheels.
Bela KaroliCD-release, with Porlolo, the Wheel and Gregory Alan Isakov, 8 pm Saturday, October 6, hi-dive, 7 South Broadway, $6, 720-570-4500.
Every kid perfects the delicate art in childhood with the wheeling and dealing of bubblegum cards.
Big Wheel Stunt Show, The.
Tacoma, Washington's The Big Wheel Stunt Show plays a live performance on KEXP that features tracks from their album "Wonderful Life".
The Last Big Wheel of NYC.
Will Big Wheel Roll Right Over Venice.
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley's big wheel .
Once the third wheel, Novak Djokovic now the big wheel .
Bring Your Big Wheel Race.
HOLLYWOOD — Drew Carey is not out to reinvent the big wheel , though he is having fun tinkering with it.
He was born Oct 31, 1934, in Wheeling, W.Va. Stanley and Mary Virginia (Braunlich) Billow .
The New Interco Birddog Wheel.
WHEELING — Many Ohio Valley residents will be delighted to see an old favorite holiday tradition return to downtown Wheeling when the Imperial Christmas Shoppe reopens this weekend.
He was born February 7, 1947, in Wheeling, WV, the son of Florence Marchlenski Schau of Wheeling.

In science:

The system is comprised of sectors (72 in total), each of them covering 30– in the ` angle, and flve wheels in the z -direction.
The CMS High Level Trigger
A filter wheel cooled at the same temperature as the detectors, placed between the third mirror (Fig. 5) and the detector makes possible to select the spectral domain of the observation.
The Molecular Hydrogen Explorer H2EX
For the case of wheel-and-spokes graphs, Bloch, Esnault, and Kreimer have produced such a computation in [BEK06], and Doryn [Dor08] has extended their techniques to zig-zag graphs.
On the Singular Structure of Graph Hypersurfaces
One could then save bits by representing the wheel pixels using a specialized model.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
True, Bifurcations and chaos in a model of a rolling wheel-set.
Simple models of bouncing ball dynamics and their comparison