[[t](h)wil, wil[/t]]
1) a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery
2) any machine, apparatus, instrument, etc., shaped like this or having a circular frame, disk, or revolving drum as an essential feature:
a potter's wheel[/ex]
3) cvb aum
steering wheel
4) navig. Naut.
a) naut. a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering
b) naut.
paddle wheel
5) inf a bicycle
6) a round object, decoration, etc.:
a wheel of cheese[/ex]
7) an old instrument of torture in the form of a circular frame on which the victim was stretched until disjointed
8) pinwheel 2)
9) a rotating instrument that Fortune is represented as turning so as to bring about changes or reverses in human affairs
10) wheels
a) moving, propelling, or animating agencies:
the wheels of commerce[/ex]
b) sts Slang. a personal means of transportation, esp. a car
11) a cycle, recurring action, or steady progression:
the wheel of days and nights[/ex]
12) a wheeling or circular movement:
the intricate wheels of the folk dances[/ex]
13) inf someone active and influential, as in business or politics; an important person:
a big wheel[/ex]
14) to cause to turn, rotate, or revolve, as on an axis
15) to perform (a movement) in a circular or curving direction
16) to move, roll, or convey on wheels, casters, etc.:
The waiters wheeled the tables out[/ex]
17) to turn on or as if on an axis or about a center; revolve, rotate, or pivot
18) to move in a circular or curving course:
pigeons wheeling above[/ex]
19) to change direction or course by turning or seeming to turn the opposite way (often fol. by about or around):
He wheeled about and glared at us[/ex]
20) to roll on or as if on wheels; travel smoothly:
The car wheeled along the highway[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME whel(e), OE hwēol, hweohl, c. MLG wēl, MD wiel, ON hjōl; akin to Gk kýklos (see cycle), Skt cakrá

From formal English to slang. 2014.