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wheelmore about wheel


  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wheel  \Wheel\,  n.  [OE.  wheel,  hweol  AS  hwe['o]l,  hweogul 
  hweowol  akin  to  D.  wiel,  Icel.  hv[=e]l,  Gr  ky`klos,  Skr. 
  cakra;  cf  Icel.  hj[=o]l,  Dan.  hiul,  Sw  hjul.  [root]218.  Cf 
  {Cycle},  {Cyclopedia}.] 
  1.  A  circular  frame  turning  about  an  axis;  a  rotating  disk, 
  whether  solid,  or  a  frame  composed  of  an  outer  rim,  spokes 
  or  radii,  and  a  central  hub  or  nave,  in  which  is  inserted 
  the  axle,  --  used  for  supporting  and  conveying  vehicles, 
  in  machinery,  and  for  various  purposes;  as  the  wheel  of  a 
  wagon,  of  a  locomotive,  of  a  mill,  of  a  watch,  etc 
  The  gasping  charioteer  beneath  the  wheel  Of  his  own 
  car  --Dryden. 
  2.  Any  instrument  having  the  form  of  or  chiefly  consisting 
  of  a  wheel.  Specifically: 
  a  A  spinning  wheel.  See  under  {Spinning}. 
  b  An  instrument  of  torture  formerly  used 
  His  examination  is  like  that  which  is  made  by 
  the  rack  and  wheel.  --Addison. 
  Note:  This  mode  of  torture  is  said  to  have  been  first 
  employed  in  Germany,  in  the  fourteenth  century.  The 
  criminal  was  laid  on  a  cart  wheel  with  his  legs  and 
  arms  extended,  and  his  limbs  in  that  posture  were 
  fractured  with  an  iron  bar.  In  France,  where  its  use 
  was  restricted  to  the  most  atrocious  crimes,  the 
  criminal  was  first  laid  on  a  frame  of  wood  in  the  form 
  of  a  St  Andrew's  cross,  with  grooves  cut  transversely 
  in  it  above  and  below  the  knees  and  elbows,  and  the 
  executioner  struck  eight  blows  with  an  iron  bar,  so  as 
  to  break  the  limbs  in  those  places,  sometimes  finishing 
  by  two  or  three  blows  on  the  chest  or  stomach,  which 
  usually  put  an  end  to  the  life  of  the  criminal,  and 
  were  hence  called  coups-de-grace  --  blows  of  mercy.  The 
  criminal  was  then  unbound,  and  laid  on  a  small  wheel, 
  with  his  face  upward,  and  his  arms  and  legs  doubled 
  under  him  there  to  expire,  if  he  had  survived  the 
  previous  treatment.  --Brande. 
  c  (Naut.)  A  circular  frame  having  handles  on  the 
  periphery,  and  an  axle  which  is  so  connected  with  the 
  tiller  as  to  form  a  means  of  controlling  the  rudder 
  for  the  purpose  of  steering. 
  d  (Pottery)  A  potter's  wheel.  See  under  {Potter}. 
  Then  I  went  down  to  the  potter's  house,  and 
  behold,  he  wrought  a  work  on  the  wheels.  --Jer. 
  xviii.  3. 
  Turn,  turn,  my  wheel!  This  earthen  jar  A  touch 
  can  make  a  touch  can  mar.  --Longfellow. 
  e  (Pyrotechny)  A  firework  which  while  burning,  is 
  caused  to  revolve  on  an  axis  by  the  reaction  of  the 
  escaping  gases. 
  f  (Poetry)  The  burden  or  refrain  of  a  song. 
  Note:  ``This  meaning  has  a  low  degree  of  authority,  but  is 
  supposed  from  the  context  in  the  few  cases  where  the 
  word  is  found.''  --Nares. 
  You  must  sing  a-down  a-down,  An  you  call  him 
  a-down-a.  O,  how  the  wheel  becomes  it!  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wheel  \Wheel\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  turn  on  an  axis,  or  as  on  an  axis;  to  revolve;  to  more 
  about  to  rotate;  to  gyrate. 
  The  moon  carried  about  the  earth  always  shows  the 
  same  face  to  us  not  once  wheeling  upon  her  own 
  center.  --Bentley. 
  2.  To  change  direction,  as  if  revolving  upon  an  axis  or 
  pivot;  to  turn;  as  the  troops  wheeled  to  the  right 
  Being  able  to  advance  no  further,  they  are  in  a  fair 
  way  to  wheel  about  to  the  other  extreme.  --South. 
  3.  To  go  round  in  a  circuit;  to  fetch  a  compass. 
  Then  wheeling  down  the  steep  of  heaven  he  flies. 
  4.  To  roll  forward. 
  Thunder  mixed  with  hail,  Hail  mixed  with  fire,  must 
  rend  the  Egyptian  sky,  And  wheel  on  the  earth, 
  devouring  where  it  rolls.  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wheel  \Wheel\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Wheeled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  convey  on  wheels,  or  in  a  wheeled  vehicle;  as  to  wheel 
  a  load  of  hay  or  wood. 
  2.  To  put  into  a  rotatory  motion;  to  cause  to  turn  or 
  revolve;  to  cause  to  gyrate;  to  make  or  perform  in  a 
  circle.  ``The  beetle  wheels  her  droning  flight.''  --Gray. 
  Now  heaven,  in  all  her  glory,  shone,  and  rolled  Her 
  motions,  as  the  great  first  mover's  hand  First 
  wheeled  their  course.  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  simple  machine  consisting  of  a  circular  frame  with  spokes 
  (or  a  solid  disc)  that  can  rotate  on  a  shaft  or  axle  (as 
  in  vehicles  or  other  machines) 
  2:  a  handwheel  that  is  used  for  steering  [syn:  {steering  wheel}] 
  3:  a  wheel  used  to  control  the  rudder  of  a  vessel 
  4:  a  rotating  wheel  with  slots  that  is  used  for  gambling; 
  players  bet  on  which  slot  the  roulette  ball  will  stop  in 
  [syn:  {roulette  wheel}] 
  5:  stretches,  disjoints  or  mutilates  victims  [syn:  {rack}] 
  6:  has  two  wheels;  moved  by  foot  pedals  [syn:  {bicycle},  {bike}] 
  v  1:  change  directions  as  of  revolving  on  a  pivot;  "They  wheeled 
  their  horses  around  and  left"  [syn:  {wheel  around}] 
  2:  wheel  somebody  or  something  [syn:  {wheel  around}] 
  3:  move  along  on  or  as  if  on  wheels  or  a  wheeled  vehicle  [syn: 
  4:  ride  a  bicycle  [syn:  {bicycle},  {cycle},  {bike},  {pedal}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  wheel  n.  [from  slang  `big  wheel'  for  a  powerful  person]  A 
  person  who  has  an  active  {wheel  bit}.  "We  need  to  find  a  wheel  to  unwedge 
  the  hung  tape  drives."  (See  {wedged},  sense  1.)  The  traditional  name 
  of  security  group  zero  in  {BSD}  (to  which  the  major  system-internal  users 
  like  {root}  belong)  is  `wheel'.  Some  vendors  have  expanded  on  this  usage, 
  modifying  Unix  so  that  only  members  of  group  `wheel'  can  {go  root}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  [slang  "big  wheel"  for  a  powerful  person]  A  person  who  has  an 
  active  {wheel  bit}.  "We  need  to  find  a  wheel  to  unwedge  the 
  hung  tape  drives."  (See  {wedged}). 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Heb.  galgal;  rendered  wheel"  in  Ps  83:13,  and  "a  rolling 
  thing"  in  Isa.  17:13;  R.V.  in  both  "whirling  dust").  This  word 
  has  been  supposed  to  mean  the  wild  artichoke,  which  assumes  the 
  form  of  a  globe,  and  in  autumn  breaks  away  from  its  roots,  and 
  is  rolled  about  by  the  wind  in  some  places  in  great  numbers. 

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