- 1A circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move over the ground: a chair on wheelsMore example sentences
- In stand-by configuration, the vehicle's front wheels deploy to the ground like a jet plane landing gear to increase longitudinal stability.
- I heard the doors close and saw little in the dimmed light, but I heard an engine starting and wheels moving along the ground.
- In addition, there is, he says, the physical damage caused by tractor wheels and by vehicles moving onto verges on narrow roads.
- 1.1A circular object that revolves on an axle and forms part of a machine.More example sentences
- Instead they pumped the water which turned the wheels which powered the machines.
- She ground her teeth like the gears in her head - fast and getting her nowhere, some useless pieces of machinery spinning an axle but no wheels.
- The gleaming, ultimate, driving machine slows down and stops, two alloy wheels on the footpath, twenty yards from the junction.
- 1.2 (the wheel) Used in reference to the cycle of a specified condition or set of events: the final release from the wheel of lifeMore example sentences
- Like the wheel of karma that cycles through every life, the roots of present events can be traced back to earlier events in this or previous lives.
- His appointment as Waterford County Manager brought the wheel full cycle, a return for Donal from whence he began.
- Immortality, the birthless and deathless state of nirvana, lies beyond this cycle of the wheel of life.
- 1.3 (the wheel) • historical A large wheel used as an instrument of punishment or torture, especially by binding someone to it and breaking their limbs: a man sentenced to be broken on the wheelMore example sentences
- The punishment in hell is to broken on the wheel.
- Those who resisted were hanged, broken on the wheel, sent to the fortress of Toulon where the water was waist-high.
- Calas was broken on the wheel, a grisly process in which the condemned person's limbs were smashed with iron bars and the mutilated corpse raised up for public display on a cartwheel.
- 2.1 (the wheel) The steering wheel of a vehicle or vessel: his crew know when he wants to take the wheelMore example sentences
- Discrete buttons mounted behind the wheel give you fingertip control over the gearbox.
- This is a car that lives by its 7,000 rpm redline and brings out the devil in whoever sits behind the wheel.
- Put it on a motorway and you could happily sit behind the wheel and watch the miles waft past.
- 2.2A device with a revolving disc or drum used in various games of chance.More example sentences
- Taking a chance on the roulette wheel could lead to empty pockets
- This game allowed you to use the touch-screen as a steering device, displaying a wheel, which you drag in order to turn.
- Next Saturday night's pay-out will be 1,400 euro with an added bonus of a chance to spin the wheel for an extra 500 euro!
- 2.3A system, or a part of a system, regarded as a relentlessly moving machine: the wheels of justiceMore example sentences
- She got away with this, but are we to be mercilessly reduced to cogs in the wheels of medical care systems over which we have lost all control?
- Now home secretary David Blunkett says he's been trying to get the cleric out of circulation in Britain, but the wheels of the legal system grind slowly.
- Remember, the wheels of the justice system can grind very slowly, at least in the US.
- 4A thing resembling a wheel, in particular a cheese made in the form of a shallow disc: a small wheel of BrieMore example sentences
- That's the cheese maker workout section of the day when you turn about a thousand wheels of cheese ranging from two to 12 pounds.
- With perfect wheels of cheese and crackers before me, I misted up a bit.
- Has the cheese wheel come full circle for Peter Beattie?
- 6North American • informal short for big wheel ( sense 2).
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- 1 [with object] Push or pull (a vehicle with wheels): the tea trolley was wheeled outMore example sentences
- A man wheeling his shopping cart through a toy store pulls up short in front of a huge box on a shelf.
- The 33-year-old nearly knocked over an elderly man who was wheeling his bike across the road as he drove away from the pursuing patrol car.
- The most likely explanation for Harry's disappearance was that he had slipped out of the gate when I was wheeling my bike into the garden after a longish lunch in town.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Carry in or on a vehicle with wheels: a young woman is wheeled into the operating theatreMore example sentences
- Others recalled spotting the attractive brunette in the village post office buying sweets for her children, wheeling her youngest daughter, who was two, in a pushchair.
- All sorts of people take part in the hour-long walks, from pensioners to young mums wheeling buggies to those who want some human company while taking the dog for a walk.
- On an unseasonally nippy May Tuesday, two women, a man and a young girl wheeling a baby's buggy, set about cracking open the votes in Kinsealy.
- 1.2 (wheel something on/out) • informal Produce something that is unimpressive because it has been frequently seen or heard before: the old journalistic arguments have been wheeled outMore example sentences
- After this unmatchable early peak, the usual karaoke classics were wheeled out.
- Celebrities were wheeled out, and they'd just stand there and tell anecdotes.
- Then Koizumi's secret weapons were wheeled out: glamorous female celebrity candidates.
- 2 [no object] (Of a bird or aircraft) fly in a wide circle or curve: the birds wheeled and divedMore example sentences
- In the distance I could see the birds wheeling and diving into the clear blue waters of the Gulf.
- As he approached the towers a salty breeze whipped against his skin, A few birds circled overhead, wheeling absently in fatigue above the barren lands.
- Barrel rolls, loops and dives featured as the three aircraft wheeled gracefully over the expanse of Sydney Harbour.
- 2.1Turn round quickly so as to face another way: Robert wheeled round to see the face of Mr MafouzMore example sentences
- She wheeled around quickly and saw a young boy, maybe 11, holding onto the reigns of a young foal.
- Credo pulled his horse up and wheeled around quickly to look behind him, where Erial pointed.
- Hearing a slight noise to her left, she wheeled round again and stormed along the corridor, cursing Brunton's obsession with mazes.
on someone's wheel
- Close behind someone when they are driving or cycling: I had dominated the race early on and he sat on my wheelMore example sentences
- Piil is constantly looking behind him with Sacchi on his wheel as the sprint is on.
- Not at all an unfamiliar sight for American racing fans was the image of Horner sitting on Lance 's wheel up the final climb yesterday.
- In sprinting you can't say that because a guy was bad last week I don't want to be sitting on his wheel this week.
- 1By, or travelling by, car or bicycle: a journey on wheelsMore example sentences
- They arrive on wheels, travel through the hospital on wheels and may be prescribed medicine, which originates from plants and minerals.
- Staveley's Rob Jebb became only the second athlete to win the Three Peaks on foot and on wheels at the weekend, writes Mike Addison.
- Parents need to be more aware if their children are on wheels they should be wearing helmets,’ he said.
- 1.1British • informal Smoothly: the business ran on wheelsMore example sentences
- A business solution on wheels: international and IBM collaborate on a telematics system that will change the way fleets do business
- 2British • informal Used to emphasize one’s distaste or dislike of the person or thing mentioned: she was a bitch on wheelsMore example sentences
- Basically Candida is a bitch on wheels, and having spent the entire play trying to win her heart, Marchbanks, the weedy poet, fails in his quest and Candida chooses to stay with her husband.
- The search is on for at least one childhood friend who will say the celebrity was a bitch on wheels; at least one disgruntled co-worker who will reveal all about the hissy fits in the dressing room.
- If I don't get my way, I turn into a bitch on wheels (as someone once said), or I just feel miserable.
wheel and deal
- Engage in commercial or political scheming, especially unscrupulously: (as noun wheeling and dealing) the wheeling and dealing of the Wall Street boom yearsMore example sentences
- Both were incapable of disengaging from political wheeling and dealing when it mattered.
- Similarly we are not interested in the political wheeling and dealing between the major parties that shapes council business.
- In the model of ethnic democracy minorities are disadvantaged but can improve their position through politics of wheeling and dealing.
the wheel of Fortune
- The wheel which the deity Fortune is represented as turning as a symbol of random luck or change: he was powerless to stop the inexorable wheel of Fortune from taking her from himMore example sentences
- The ballet opens and closes with an invocation to ever-changing fate and the wheel of Fortune.
- The sale was a good success and great fun with many prizes won on the wheel of Fortune and in the various raffles.
wheels within wheels
- Used to indicate that a situation is complicated and affected by secret or indirect influences: the wheels within wheels began to turn and efforts were made to have the sentence reducedMore example sentences
- Sources tell us that Nine saved itself a big sum thanks to this fortuitous family connection, which adds wheels within wheels within wheels to the story.
- Wheels within wheels within wheels, everybody fact-checks every one else, and the truth eventually is found.
- Taberah felt dizzy with the complexity, or more accurately, giddy, drunk; he heard wheels within wheels within wheels within wheels.
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- Colin's sled was one of those fancy steerable ‘ski’ style sleds, with two skis supporting a raised seat and a third movable ski affixed to a steering wheel in front, not unlike a wheelless motorcycle.
- And as you described it, the wheels off on this administration, and quickly finding itself wheelless.
- When I hung up, there on the sidewalk by a trash can was a bike frame, wheelless, rusty, but with a leather seat on it.
Old English hwēol (noun), of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit cakra 'wheel, circle' and Greek kuklos 'circle'.