from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Mach.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun mechanics 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
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun control consisting of a wheel whose rim serves as the handle by which a part is operated
- noun a wheel worked by hand
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With your right hand, turn the balance wheel, or handwheel, one complete turn.
With the handwheel, raise the take-up lever to its highest position.
Sweep forward two full turns of the handwheel and then one turn back.
He closed the hatch behind them, whirling the handwheel.
Gröschl stepped on the rocker plate which controlled the power traverse and at the same time adjusted the elevation handwheel.
The device is operated by a pushrod (5) which is either connected to a handwheel (6) - requiring a thread on the pushrod and a nut in the handwheel
Directly above his head and within reach was a circular manhole, counterweighted and operated by a handwheel set in its center.
They'd alternate at the hydraulic aiming system and the handwheel which recharged the batteries that drove it.
"I guess so, " he mumbled, and turned the handwheel to undog the outer door.
"I guess so," he mumbled, and turned the handwheel to undog the outer door.