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 designed to aid movement by attachment to a rod as allow it to turn)
  2. A device or machine that utilises the motion of a wheel to operate or the wheel in such a device (e.g. a waterwheel; a potter's wheel)
  3. A wheel utilised to induce torment; a wheel as a device for inflicting torture and pain.
  4. The wheel typically emblematic of change and changeableness.
  5. Any circular or spherical object or path; especially in astronomy.
  6. (rare) A revolving axis that a barrier depends on to move.
  7. (rare) The wheel representing repetition and constancy.
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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)