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mill wheel

a wheel, especially a waterwheel, for driving a mill.
Origin of mill wheel
before 1000; Middle English myln whele, Old English mylenhwēol. See mill1, wheel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The wheel of fortune turns quicker than a mill wheel.
  • In the overshot mill wheel, described above, water acts by its weight.
  • Water was channeled from the stream and directed to strike the wooden mill wheel which was turned by the weight of the water.

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