- [[t](h)wil, wil[/t]]n.1) a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery2) 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 aumsteering wheel4) navig. Naut.a) naut. a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steeringb) naut.paddle wheel5) inf a bicycle6) 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 disjointed8) pinwheel 2)9) a rotating instrument that Fortune is represented as turning so as to bring about changes or reverses in human affairs10) wheelsa) moving, propelling, or animating agencies:the wheels of commerce[/ex]b) sts Slang. a personal means of transportation, esp. a car11) 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 axis15) to perform (a movement) in a circular or curving direction16) 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 pivot18) 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.