from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any wheel worked by hand, whether used to allow leverage, as of a valve or a handbrake, or to allow fine adjustment, as of a setscrew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any wheel worked by hand; esp., one the rim of which serves as the handle by which a valve, car brake, or other part is adjusted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general term for one of many kinds of wheels or disks used in machinery as a convenient form of circular crank: as, the hand-wheel of a car-brake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. control consisting of a wheel whose rim serves as the handle by which a part is operated
  • n. a wheel worked by hand


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.