waterwheel

[waw-ter-hweel, -weel, wot-er-]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see water, wheel

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waterwheel

noun
1. a wheel with buckets attached to its rim; raises water from a stream or pond 
2. a wheel that rotates by direct action of water; a simple turbine 
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Example sentences
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.
Everyone on top lives with a morbid consciousness that fame-heat, stardom is a
  waterwheel.
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