Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “wheel”

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. The exterior of vehiclesMachine parts 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.Machine parts 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?The interior of vehicles [C] a wooden or metal wheel that is turned to make a ship go in a particular directionParts of ships and boats wheels [plural] old-fashioned informal a car: I've got to get some wheels - this public transport system's a joke!Cars

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.Pushing and shovingTransferring and transporting objects

wheel verb (FLY IN CIRCLES)

[I] to fly repeatedly in a circular pattern: She watched a flock of seagulls wheeling high above her.Animal (non-human) behaviourMovement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft
(Definition of wheel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of wheel?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Complexity, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “wheel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More