(redirected from Wheelers)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


 (wē′lər, hwē′-)
1. One that wheels.
2. A thing that moves on or is equipped with wheels or a wheel. Often used in combination: a three-wheeler; a paddle-wheeler.
3. A wheel horse.


1. (Automotive Engineering) Also called: wheelhorse a horse or other draught animal nearest the wheel
2. (Mechanical Engineering) (in combination) something equipped with a specified sort or number of wheels: a three-wheeler.
3. a person or thing that wheels


1. (Biography) John Archibald. 1911–2008, US physicist, noted for his work on nuclear fission and the development (1949–51) of the hydrogen bomb, also for his work on unified field theory
2. (Biography) Sir (Robert Eric) Mortimer. 1890–1976, Scottish archaeologist, who did much to increase public interest in archaeology. He is noted esp for his excavations at Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa in the Indus Valley and at Maiden Castle in Dorset


(ˈʰwi lər, ˈwi-)

1. a person or thing that wheels.
2. a person who makes wheels; wheelwright.
3. something provided with a wheel or wheels (usu. used in combination): a four-wheeler.


(ˈʰwi lər, ˈwi-)

William Almon, 1819–87, vice president of the U.S. 1877–81.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Wheeler - Scottish archaeologist (1890-1976)
2.wheeler - someone who makes and repairs wooden wheels
wright - someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)
3.wheeler - the man at the outermost end of the rank in wheeling
parader, marcher - walks with regular or stately step
4.wheeler - a person who rides a bicyclewheeler - a person who rides a bicycle  
pedaler, pedaller - a person who rides a pedal-driven vehicle (as a bicycle)
5.wheeler - a draft horse harnessed behind others and nearest the wheels of a vehicle
draft horse, draught horse, dray horse - horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
References in classic literature ?
Looking over her shoulder as she ran, the girl now saw a great procession of Wheelers emerging from the forest--dozens and dozens of them--all clad in splendid, tight-fitting garments and all rolling swiftly toward her and uttering their wild, strange cries.
In front a continuous stream of hansoms and four- wheelers were rattling up, discharging their cargoes of shirt- fronted men and beshawled, bediamonded women.
And so here's Rugby, sir, at last, and you'll be in plenty of time for dinner at the School-house, as I telled you," said the old guard, pulling his horn out of its case and tootle-tooing away, while the coachman shook up his horses, and carried them along the side of the school close, round Dead-man's corner, past the school-gates, and down the High Street to the Spread Eagle, the wheelers in a spanking trot, and leaders cantering, in a style which would not have disgraced "Cherry Bob," "ramping, stamping, tearing, swearing Billy Harwood," or any other of the old coaching heroes.
The leaders slacked back an' darn near sat down on their singletrees when I threw the back into the wheelers an' slammed on the brake an' stopped on the very precise spot.
He thought of little things--Turk Smollet wheel- ing boards through the main street of his town in the morning, a tall woman, beautifully gowned, who had once stayed overnight at his father's hotel, Butch Wheeler the lamp lighter of Winesburg hur- rying through the streets on a summer evening and holding a torch in his hand, Helen White standing by a window in the Winesburg post office and put- ting a stamp on an envelope.
The author did not make any obstinate opposition, for he began to be of opinion with Dr Wheeler, in Miss Edgeworth's excellent tale of ``Man
This dreadful sickness caused the governor and Sir Francis Wheeler, who was commander of the British forces, to give up all thoughts of attacking Canada.
McCay knew Ella Wheeler Wilcox by heart, and could take Browning without anaesthetics.
Several prominent generals came, including General Shafter and General Joseph Wheeler, who were recently returned from the Spanish-American war.
I had now to admit that Wheeler & Gibb made the boxes.
And his dear looked at him in all his imperturbable, complacent self-consciousness of kindness, and saw herself the little rural school-teacher who, with Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Lord Byron as her idols, and with the dream of herself writing "Poems of Passion," had come up to Topeka Town to be beaten by the game into marrying the solid, substantial business man beside her, who enjoyed delight in the spectacle of cats and rats walking the tight-rope in amity, and who was blissfully unaware that she was the Robin Redbreast in a cage that put all heaven in a rage.