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wheel

wheel

 
 
pronunciation:
wil
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
at the wheel
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a disk or circular frame that revolves on an axle, as on a vehicle.
similar words:
rim
definition 2: any instrument, device, or apparatus resembling such a disk or frame in shape, motion, or function.
 
definition 3: the process of turning in circles.
similar words:
turn
definition 4: (pl.) moving or propelling forces.
the wheels of industrythe wheels of justice
definition 5: a powerful, active person.
a big wheel in the business world
similar words:
big shot
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phrase: at the wheel
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wheeled, wheeling, wheels
definition 1: to cause to revolve or turn.
similar words:
revolve, roll, rotate, turn
definition 2: to provide with wheels.
definition 3: to move or transport on wheels.
similar words:
roll
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to revolve or rotate, as around a central axis.
similar words:
revolve, roll, rotate, turn
definition 2: to fly or soar in circles or on a curving course.
The birds wheeled above the trees.
definition 3: to turn quickly or suddenly so as to face another direction; pivot (often fol. by around).
She wheeled and struck her assailant.
similar words:
chop, turn, twirl, whirl
definition 4: to travel smoothly on or as if on wheels.
similar words:
roll, spin
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derivation: wheelless (adj.)
Homophone Note
The word wheel and the contraction we'll ("we will") sound alike but have different meanings.
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