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wheel

noun uk   us   /wiːl/
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 directionwheels [plural] old-fashioned informal a car: I've got to get some wheels - this public transport system's a joke!
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verb uk   us   /wiːl/

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.
Translations of “wheel”
in Arabic عَجَلة…
in Korean 바퀴…
in Malaysian roda, stereng…
in French roue, tour, volant…
in Turkish tekerlek, çark…
in Italian ruota…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輪子, 車輪, (船的)舵輪…
in Russian колесо…
in Polish koło…
in Vietnamese bánh xe, hệ thống bánh xe…
in Spanish rueda, volante…
in Portuguese roda…
in Thai ล้อ, สิ่งที่มีลักษณะเป็นวงกลม…
in German das Rad, die Scheibe, das Steuer…
in Catalan roda…
in Japanese 車輪…
in Indonesian roda, setir…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轮子, 车轮, (船的)舵轮…
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