water wheel

wa·ter wheel
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er hweel, weel]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ʰwil, wil/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er hweel, weel]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ʰwil, wil/

Definitions of water wheel words

  • noun water wheel a wheel or turbine turned by the weight or momentum of water and used to operate machinery. 1
  • noun water wheel a wheel with buckets for raising or drawing water, as a noria. 1
  • noun water wheel the paddle wheel of a steamboat. 1
  • noun water wheel rotating hydropower machine 1
  • countable noun water wheel A water wheel is a large wheel which is turned by water flowing through it. Water wheels are used to provide power to drive machinery. 0
  • noun water wheel a wheel turned by water running against or falling on paddles, used as a source of power 0

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Origin of water wheel

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at water, wheel

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Parts of speech for Water wheel


water wheel popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

water wheel usage trend in Literature

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