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water wheel

also wa·ter·wheel (wô′tər-wēl, -hwēl, wŏt′ər-)
n.
1. A wheel propelled by falling or running water and used to power machinery.
2. A wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water.
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water wheel

n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a simple water-driven turbine consisting of a wheel having vanes set axially across its rim, used to drive machinery
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream, pond, etc
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.water wheel - a wheel with buckets attached to its rimwater wheel - a wheel with buckets attached to its rim; raises water from a stream or pond
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
2.water wheel - a wheel that rotates by direct action of waterwater wheel - a wheel that rotates by direct action of water; a simple turbine
bucket, pail - a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
mill wheel, millwheel - water wheel that is used to drive machinery in a mill
noria - a water wheel with buckets attached to the rim; used to raise water for transfer to an irrigation channel
water mill - a mill powered by a water wheel
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
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Like a water-wheel awhirl, Like the rolling of a pearl; Yet these but illustrate, To fools, the final state.
All this while the horn was not idle, for it went round so constantly, now full, now empty, like the bucket of a water-wheel, that it soon drained one of the two wine-skins that were in sight.
At every half-mile a groaning water-wheel lifted the soft water from the river to the crops by way of a mud-built aqueduct.
His other water-wheel has broken down, too," the Inspector replied.
Smoke was issuing from a high chimney in the rear of it, and there was the sound of a water-wheel at the side.
The wreckage of the spring washing appeared everywhere--piles of sluice-boxes, sections of elevated flumes, huge water-wheels,--all the debris of an army of gold-mad men.