Definition of wheelhouse in English:


Syllabification: wheel·house
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wēlˌhous


  • 1A part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel.
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    • Around 8 a.m. black smoke erupted from the engine room and within three quarters of an hour, the wheelhouse and shelter deck, which went up like an inferno, was gone.
    • By 5pm that day, after Mayday calls went unanswered, they were forced to abandon ship, torching the wheelhouse as a last-ditch smoke signal and praying it would be seen.
    • In many scenes filmed of the boat under way, McCook or Layton were in the wheelhouse, out of view or in a lower helm station while Clooney drove the boat.
  • 2 Baseball The part of a batter’s strike zone most likely to produce a home run: Oakland’s closer Street left a fastball in Bonds' wheelhouse with two outs
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    • St. Louis reliever Jason Isringhausen then left a fastball in Kent's wheelhouse.
    • Unless Anderson told Santana to throw a fastball in Thome's wheelhouse, Santana didn't follow instructions.
    • What's more, Doom's a man with a pretty well-defined milieu, and if a beat's not in his wheelhouse he'll most likely strike out swinging.
  • 2.1 (one's wheelhouse) US A place or situation in which one is advantageously at ease: as the campaign swings to the south, that should be right in his wheelhouse
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    • Mission: Impossible: III is a film that for Abrams and co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is right in their wheelhouse.
    • Van Helsing was right in Universal's wheelhouse…on every level except for budget.
    • This combination plays right into the Steelers' wheelhouse.

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