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waterwheel

[waw-ter-hweel, -weel, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌʰwil, -ˌwil, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
a wheel or turbine turned by the weight or momentum of water and used to operate machinery.
2.
a wheel with buckets for raising or drawing water, as a noria.
3.
the paddle wheel of a steamboat.
Also, water wheel.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see water, wheel
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British Dictionary definitions for water wheel

water wheel

noun
1.
a simple water-driven turbine consisting of a wheel having vanes set axially across its rim, used to drive machinery
2.
a wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream, pond, etc
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