whele

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English hwēol, from Proto-Germanic *hweulō, plural of *hwehwlą, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷékʷlos.

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whele (plural wheles)

  1. A wheel (circular object that facilitates movement):
    1. The wheel as an emblem of change or changeableness.
    2. (rare) The wheel as an emblem of repetition and constancy.
    3. A wheel utilised to cause torment; a wheel as a device for inflicting torture and pain.
  2. A device that utilises a wheel to operate (e.g. a waterwheel; a potter's wheel), or the wheel in such a device.
  3. Any circular or spherical object or path (especially in astronomy).
  4. (rare) A revolving axis that a barrier depends on to move.
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  • English: wheel
  • Scots: quhel, quhele, quheil, quheile, wheel
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English *hwele; related to Old English hwelian.

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whele (plural whelys)

  1. A boil or wheal; a malignant lump or wound.
  2. A tumour or ulcer.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From whele (noun).

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whele

  1. Alternative form of whelen (to rotate)