1 on a bicicyle, car, etc.
ADJ. bicycle, car, etc. | spare | front | back, rear | nearside | offside | loose, wobbly | alloy
WHEEL + VERB change, replace A tyre blew and we had to change the wheel.
WHEEL + VERB go round, spin, turn The wheels were still going round. (figurative) The political wheel had turned full circle, and he was back in power. | skid, slide, slip He braked suddenly, causing the front wheels to skid. | crunch, scream, shriek the sound of wheels crunching over snow | come off, fall off | lock She braked too hard and the wheels locked.
WHEEL + NOUN arch, base, bearings, hub, nut, rim, trim | clamp
PREP. on ~s A child was pulling along a little dog on wheels. | under the ~s She fell under the wheels of a bus.
2 (also steering wheel)
VERB + WHEEL grip | turn | take I drove the first 200 miles and then Steve took the wheel.
WHEEL + NOUN lock
PREP. at the ~ The bus set off again with a fresh driver at the wheel. | behind the ~ I saw the car drive past, but didn't recognize the woman behind the wheel.