from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pit inclosed by the piers which support a large fly-wheel or driving-wheel, affording the requisite space for the motion of the wheel.
  • n. A whirlpool.


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  • Luther Lawrence was killed, April 17, 1839, by a fall into a wheel-pit.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1884

  • The race, now empty of water, is stone-lined and deep, and huge wooden beams and parts of the rude shafting remain in the wheel-pit.

    The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South

  • A concrete gathering dam, with granite coping, extended up stream from the lower end of the wheel-pit at an angle of thirty degrees, conducts the water to the gates, increasing the available head and stilling the water.

    Niagara's Power: Past, Present, Prospective

  • Simon threw him into the wheel-pit of the old mill, and I went to get him out.

    Queen Hildegarde

  • "Wa-ow!" replied a pitiful squeak from the depths of the wheel-pit.

    Queen Hildegarde

  • At the bottom of each wheel-pit a 5000 horse-power Girard double turbine is mounted on a vertical shaft, which drives a propeller shaft rising to the surface of the ground; a dynamo of 5000 horse - power is fixed on the top of this shaft, and so driven by it.

    The Story of Electricity

  • He laid his mallet on the side of the wheel-pit, and looking up earnestly into the face of the questioner said:

    John and Mary; or, The Fugitive Slaves, a Tale of South-Eastern Pennsylvania

  • On passing round this, though, I saw that there was something wrong; two or three bands had gone from as many grindstones, and had evidently been hastily thrown into the wheel-pit, whoever had done this having left one on the floor, half in and half out, and keeping the door from shutting close.

    Patience Wins War in the Works

  • I seemed to know, though, that the dog wanted to get me to the wheel-pit, and when I tried to think how to get to you I found there was no way 'cept through my forge.

    Patience Wins War in the Works

  • I laughed to myself as I thought of the eels, and the great haul I had made down in the wheel-pit, and then I shuddered as I thought of the horrors I had suffered down there, and wondered whether our troubles with the men were pretty well over.

    Patience Wins War in the Works


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