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wheel +‎ house


  • IPA(key): /ˈwiːlˌhaʊs/, /ˈʍiːlˌhaʊs/
  • Hyphenation: wheel‧house


wheelhouse (plural wheelhouses)

  1. (nautical) An enclosed compartment, on the deck of a vessel such as a fishing boat, from which it may be navigated; on a larger vessel it is the bridge or pilothouse.
    Synonyms: bridge, pilothouse
  2. (automotive) The partially enclosed structure above and around a wheel of an automobile, typically partly formed by a portion of a fender panel that has been extended outward beyond the plane of the rest of the panel.
    Synonym: wheel arch
  3. (nautical) The enclosed structure around side paddlewheels on a steamboat.
    Synonym: paddle box
  4. (archaeology) A prehistoric structure from the Iron Age, found in Scotland, characteristically including an outer wall within which a circle of stone piers (bearing a resemblance to the spokes of a wheel) form the basis for lintel arches supporting corbelled roofing with a hearth at the hub.
  5. (baseball, US) A pitch location which is favorable to the hitter.
    The pitch was right in his wheelhouse, and he hit a grand slam.
  6. (slang, US) A person's expertise or area of authority.
    Horse viruses are in Pat's wheelhouse.
    Employee bonuses are completely in Sam's wheelhouse.
    • 2018 March 26, A. A. Dowd, “Steven Spielberg Finds Fun, and maybe even a Soul, in the Pandering Pastiche of Ready Player One”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 31 May 2018:
      What the film rarely does is challenge or interrogate the fan culture to which it plays uncritical tribute. Wade and his friends, including a trigger-happy cyborgian alpha nerd whose offline identity the film handles more tastefully than the book did, are possessive gatekeepers, viciously protective of their pop-culture wheelhouse.