from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In hydraulics:
  • n. A wheel moved by water, and employed to turn machinery.
  • n. A wheel for raising water in large quantities, as the Persian wheel. See wheel.
  • n. The paddle-wheel of a steamer.
  • n. A water-wheel the gudgeons and bearings of which may be raised or lowered to adapt the wheel to various heights of water-supply.


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  • The water gushed happily down the sluice under the idle water-wheel into the millpond.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • "Be a sight more lovely if the water-wheel were turnin '," he said practically.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Of course, up until fairly recently about 2:47 PM yesterday it was thought that the earliest recorded Contrivance in this country was the famous water-wheel driven vole featured in the bottom left corner of the Bayeux Tapestry, just to the right of the entrails from the partially disembowelled Saxon lying nearby.

    The Contrivances - A History (Part One)

  • He often spent half a day in gazing at a market garden, the beds of lettuce, the chickens on the dung-heap, the horse turning the water-wheel.

    Les Miserables

  • Edit. (p. 263) Sayf al-Muluk drops asleep under a tree to the lulling sound of a Sákiyah or water-wheel, and is seen by

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Travellers mostly abuse its “dismal creaking” and “mournful monotony”: I have defended the music of the water-wheel in

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Like the distant frog-concert and chirp of the cicada, the creak of the water-wheel and the stroke of hammers upon the anvil from afar, the murmur of the fountain, the sough of the wind and the plash of the wavelet, they occupy the sensorium with a soothing effect, forming a barbaric music full of sweetness and peaceful pleasure.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They are not the two dusty millers in the white mill down by the river, where the great water-wheel goes heavily round and round, like the monotonous days and nights in this forgotten place.

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  • If I were suddenly to kill one of these animals and to take out all the soft parts, I should find the shell to be perfectly inert, to have no more power of moving itself than is possessed by the machinery of a mill when disconnected from its steam-engine or water-wheel.


  • Yoda writing professionally is like standing under a giant water-wheel and trying to push the thing in the other direction with your jedi "force".

    "Control! Control! You must learn control!" - Yoda


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