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wheel (wiːl)
1.  a solid disc, or a circular rim joined to a hub by radial or tangential spokes, that is mounted on a shaft about which it can turn, as in vehicles and machines
2.  anything like a wheel in shape or function
3.  a device consisting of or resembling a wheel or having a wheel as its principal component: a steering wheel; a water wheel
4.  the wheel a medieval torture consisting of a wheel to which the victim was tied and then had his limbs struck and broken by an iron bar
5.  wheel of fortune short for potter's wheel
6.  the act of turning
7.  a pivoting movement of troops, ships, etc
8.  a type of firework coiled to make it rotate when let off
9.  Compare bob a set of short rhyming lines, usually four or five in number, forming the concluding part of a stanza
10.  the disc in which the ball is spun in roulette
11.  (US), (Canadian) an informal word for bicycle
12.  archaic a refrain
13.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) a person of great influence (esp in the phrase big wheel)
14.  at the wheel
 a.  driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
 b.  in charge
vb (when intr sometimes foll by about or round) (often foll by about)
15.  to turn or cause to turn on or as if on an axis
16.  to move or cause to move on or as if on wheels; roll
17.  (tr) to perform with or in a circular movement
18.  (tr) to provide with a wheel or wheels
19.  to change one's mind or opinion
20.  informal wheel and deal to be a free agent, esp to advance one's own interests
[Old English hweol, hweowol; related to Old Norse hvēl, Greek kuklos, Middle Low German wēl, Dutch wiel]

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