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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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  • And far off the mill-wheel turned in the stream, and the water-lilies stirred faintly us the white foam passed them by.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • If one has not steam one uses the river to turn the mill-wheel.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • He had one eye, the size of a mill-wheel, and his teeth looked like rocks in a mighty cavern.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • Missy, you may come with me, if you please, and sketch me at work in the mill-wheel.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • My head is going round like a mill-wheel, and I don't know what to do.

  • Join up with the old order like that mill-wheel of Kipling's.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Just the very person—he knew everything, had seen most things, and could talk like a mill-wheel.

    To Leeward F. Marion Crawford
  • "I hope he is better," said my mother, hearing the rumbling of the mill-wheel.

  • I fancied I caught the sound of a mill-wheel in the distance; I redoubled my speed; and oh!

  • But the river was flowing through the flume: she could hear the mill-wheel turning—she could hear the mill-wheel turning!

Word Origin and History for mill-wheel

Old English mylnn-hweol; see mill (n.1) + wheel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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