wheel

(redirected from wheels)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

wheel

(wēl),
A circular frame or disk designed to revolve around an axis.

wheel

1 a rigid circular frame designed to revolve about an axis in the center of the disk.
2 a round cutting or polishing dental instrument.

wheel

((h)wēl)
A disk attached through its middle to an axle that rotates. In dentistry, small wheels are attached to a handpiece or lathe, and used for polishing and shaping teeth, restorations, and appliances.

carborundum wheel

A cutting wheel containing silicon carbide, in variable grit sizes.

diamond wheel

In dentistry, a wheel that contains diamond powder or chips.
Enlarge picture
MEDICINE WHEEL

medicine wheel

A symbol used by Native Americans to represent wholeness and balance. The medicine wheel consists of a circle with four quadrants representing spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional planes of existence.
See: illustration

polishing wheel

In dentistry, a wheel made of soft material suitable for polishing teeth or restorations.

pregnancy wheel

A round calculator, similar to a slide rule in its construction, that uses the first day of the last menstrual period of a pregnant woman to identify the expected date that her baby will be born.

Patient discussion about wheel

Q. Do you want to end because of a vaccination in a wheel chair? It is already about 12 years ago. I met a mother with her kids. One came always in a wheel chair to the services. His terrible story is still in my mind. It could be shown, that because of a vaccination he got the cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) and then spastic paralysis.

A. Corrigendum: If you know somebody speaking German and English who could...

More discussions about wheel
References in classic literature ?
A waggon locked wheels for a moment and ripped a long splinter from the chaise.
A mile from Edgware the rim of the wheel broke, and the machine became unridable.
One of the men desisted and turned towards him, and my brother, realising from his an- tagonist's face that a fight was unavoidable, and being an expert boxer, went into him forthwith and sent him down against the wheel of the chaise.
Rien ne va plus," proclaimed the croupier as once more he invited the company to stake, and prepared to turn the wheel.
The wheel whirled around and around, with the Grandmother simply quaking as she watched its revolutions.
Then he moved in his bonds, and his furious exertions made the ancient wheel of the pillory shriek on its axle.
And as this idea of fulfilling Wolf Larsen's order persisted in my dazed consciousness, I seemed to see him standing at the wheel in the midst of the wild welter, pitting his will against the will of the storm and defying it.
And having commanded, he went aft with his peculiar tigerish leaps to the wheel.
And then the wheel would reappear, and Wolf Larsen's broad shoulders, his hands gripping the spokes and holding the schooner to the course of his will, himself an earth-god, dominating the storm, flinging its descending waters from him and riding it to his own ends.
And when he put the wheel hard over and the Ghost's bow swung off, there was nothing for the hunters to do but obey and make the best of a risky chance.
In lieu of spokes, the GeoOrbital wheel is built with a triangular housing with three wheels located against the rim.
moving power : necessary parts <the wheels of government>