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noun [countable] wheel pronunciation in American English /wil/wheel pronunciation in American English /hwil/
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  1. 1
    a round object that turns around and around to make a car, bicycle, or other vehicle move
    a bicycle/wagon/car wheel
    the front/rear wheels of a car
    on wheels: a TV table on wheels
    1. a.


      [plural] very informal a car
      The girls go for the boy with the nicest-looking wheels.
  2. 2
    a round part inside a machine that fits into another similar part and makes it turn
    1. b.

      the wheel

      the steering wheel that is used for controlling a car or other vehicle
      She had to turn the wheel sharply to avoid the dog.
      take the wheel (=to drive): Would you like me to take the wheel for a while?
      at/behind the wheel (=driving): It seems he had a heart attack at the wheel.
      I can’t wait to get behind the wheel again.
  3. 3


    [plural] processes or forces that cause particular things to happen or make progress
    the wheels of industry/justice/government: The wheels of government grind very slowly.



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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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