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Meaning of “wheel” in the English Dictionary

"wheel" in British English

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wheelnoun

uk   us   /wiːl/
A2 [C] a ​circularobjectconnected at the ​centre to a ​bar, used for making ​vehicles or ​parts of ​machinesmove: I got my ​bagcaught in the wheel of my ​bicycle. He ​lostcontrol of his ​car when a ​front/​rear wheel ​hit a ​rock 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 ​toydogs on wheels.the wheel B2 a ​steering wheel (= a wheel inside a ​vehicle that the ​driverturns to make the ​vehicle go in a ​particulardirection): Keep ​yourhands on the wheel! I never ​feelsafe 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 ​particulardirectionwheels [plural] old-fashioned informal a ​car: I've got to get some wheels - the ​buses are way too ​slow!

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wheelverb

uk   us   /wiːl/
  • wheel verb (PUSH)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​push an ​object that has wheels so that it ​moves in a ​particulardirection: I ​saw her last ​night wheeling a ​buggy along ​Green Lane. Halfway through the ​talk someone wheeled in a ​trolleyladen with ​drinks. Doctors put her on a ​respirator and wheeled her ​downstairs to ​intensivecare.
  • wheel verb (FLY IN CIRCLES)

[I] to ​flyrepeatedly in a ​circularpattern: She ​watched a ​flock of ​seagulls wheeling high above her.
  • wheel verb (TURN AROUND)

[I] US to ​turn round ​quickly: She ​suddenly wheeled and ​lookeddirectly at me. Mike wheeled on Tom and ​startedshouting.
(Definition of wheel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wheelnoun [C]

 us   /hwil, wil/
  • wheel noun [C] (ROUND OBJECT)

a ​circularobject, ​connected at the ​center to a ​bar, that is used for making ​vehicles or ​parts of ​machines move: the wheel of a ​bicycle The wheel refers to a ​steering wheel (= wheel in a ​vehicle that you ​turn to make the ​vehicle go ​left or ​right): I never ​feelsafe with Richard behind the wheel (= ​driving). Would you ​mind taking the wheel (= ​driving) for a ​couple of ​hours?

wheelverb

 us   /hwil, wil/
  • wheel verb (CHANGE DIRECTION)

[I always + adv/prep] to ​turn around ​quickly: She wheeled around and ​slapped his ​face.
  • wheel verb (ROUND OBJECT)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​push or ​pull an ​object with wheels under it: She was wheeling a ​stroller in the ​park.
(Definition of wheel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wheel”
in Korean 바퀴…
in Arabic عَجَلة…
in Malaysian roda, stereng…
in French roue, tour, volant…
in Russian колесо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輪子, 車輪, (船的)舵輪…
in Italian ruota…
in Turkish tekerlek, çark…
in Polish koło…
in Spanish rueda, volante…
in Vietnamese bánh xe, hệ thống bánh xe…
in Portuguese roda…
in Thai ล้อ, สิ่งที่มีลักษณะเป็นวงกลม…
in German das Rad, die Scheibe, das Steuer…
in Catalan roda…
in Japanese 車輪…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轮子, 车轮, (船的)舵轮…
in Indonesian roda, setir…
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