from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hand-wheel having radial handles projecting from the rim.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • His pilot-wheel stint had occurred after he “ascended to the hurricane deck and cast a longing glance toward the pilot-house.”

    Mark Twain

  • Johnston went to one side of the platform and laid his hand on the spokes of a polished metal wheel shaped like the pilot-wheel of a steamboat.

    The Changing Sun

  • Then the young men saw the man at the pilot-wheel raise his hand, and from the water came the musical notes of a great bell.

    The Changing Sun

  • One of them sat at a sort of pilot-wheel and was directing the course of the strange craft, which was moving as gracefully as a great fish.

    The Changing Sun

  • Something was evidently wrong with the machine, for there was a wild look of desperation on the driver's face as he tugged excitedly at the pilot-wheel.

    The Changing Sun

  • The car motor was whirring smoothly now, the chauffeur was sliding into his seat behind the pilot-wheel, and the old gentleman in the tonneau was growing quite violently impatient.

    The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush


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