fifth wheel


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fifth wheel

n.
1.
a. A wheel or portion of a wheel placed horizontally over the forward axle of a carriage to provide support and stability during turns.
b. A similar device over the rear axle or axles of a tractor or pickup truck, serving as a coupling for a semitrailer.
2. An additional wheel carried on a four-wheeled vehicle as a spare.
3. An extra and unnecessary person or thing.
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fifth wheel

n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a spare wheel for a four-wheeled vehicle
2. (Mechanical Engineering)
a. the coupling table of an articulated vehicle
b. a steering bearing that enables the front axle of a horse-drawn vehicle to rotate relative to the body
3. a superfluous or unnecessary person or thing
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fifth′ wheel′


n.
1. a horizontal ring or segment of a ring, consisting of two bands that slide on each other, placed above the front axle of a carriage and designed to support the forepart of the body while allowing it to turn freely in a horizontal plane.
2. a superfluous or unwanted person or thing.
[1870–75]
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Fifth wheel

Before the advent of trucks, the fifth wheel was a semicircular iron ring attached to a wagon’s front axle to give additional support to the rest of the Running gear as the axle pivoted during turns.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Fifth wheel - someone or something that is unwanted and unneededfifth wheel - someone or something that is unwanted and unneeded
redundance, redundancy - the attribute of being superfluous and unneeded; "the use of industrial robots created redundancy among workers"
2.fifth wheel - an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
car wheel - a wheel that has a tire and rim and hubcap; used to propel the car
3.fifth wheel - a steering bearing that enables the front axle of a horse-drawn wagon to rotate
bearing - a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
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