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wheel

noun uk   /wiːl/ us  
A2 [C] a circular object connected at the centre to a bar, used for making vehicles or parts of machines move: I got my bag caught in the wheel of my bicycle. He lost control of his car when a front/rear wheel hit a stone as he approached the first bend. on wheels Something that is on wheels has wheels under it so that it can be pulled or pushed along: My suitcase is on wheels so that makes life a little easier. I bought my niece one of those toy dogs on wheels. the wheel B2 a steering wheel (= a wheel inside a vehicle that the driver turns to make the vehicle go in a particular direction): Keep your hands on the wheel! I never feel safe with Richard at/behind the wheel (= driving). Do you think you could take the wheel (= drive) for a couple of hours? [C] a wooden or metal wheel that is turned to make a ship go in a particular direction wheels [plural] old-fashioned informal a car: I've got to get some wheels - this public transport system's a joke!

wheel

verb uk   /wiːl/ us  

wheel verb (PUSH)

[T usually + adv/prep] to push an object that has wheels so that it moves in a particular direction: I saw her last night wheeling a buggy along Green Lane. Halfway through the talk someone wheeled in a trolley laden with drinks. Doctors put her on a respirator and wheeled her downstairs to intensive care.

wheel verb (FLY IN CIRCLES)

[I] to fly repeatedly in a circular pattern: She watched a flock of seagulls wheeling high above her.
(Definition of wheel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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