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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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  • He and his schoolmates built a small dam on the nearby creek and added a waterwheel.
  • Small amount of electricity used comes from a waterwheel generator.
  • In addition, patrons can dine at the hotel's restaurant next to the river's waterwheel.
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  • The overshot waterwheel is the world's largest still in operation.
  • The millpond served as a reservoir to power the gristmill's waterwheel and for a sawmill that is no longer standing.
  • The tub bellows that produced a blast were powered by a waterwheel set close to the stack.
  • The bellows that kept the furnace in blast was powered by a waterwheel.

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