mill wheel

noun
a wheel, especially a waterwheel, for driving a mill.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English myln whele, Old English mylenhwēol. See mill1, wheel

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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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