from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-wheel having radial handles projecting from the rim.
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His pilot-wheel stint had occurred after he “ascended to the hurricane deck and cast a longing glance toward the pilot-house.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.