(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. disk, circle, roller; roulette or fortune's wheel; bike, bicycle; slang, VIP, big wheel, bigwig. See circularity, vehicle, importance. — v. roll; trundle, cycle; rotate, revolve, spin, twirl; pivot, about-face, turn, gyrate, whirl, wind. See rotation, deviation.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A thin, circular body that turns on an axis]
Syn. disk, ratchet, ring, hoop, roller, roulette, caster, drum, ferris wheel, wheel trolley, flywheel, cogwheel, steering wheel, sprocket, wheel, chain wheel, water wheel, noria, sakieh.
2. [A two-wheeled vehicle]
Syn. bicycle, velocipede, tandem, bike*.
3. [Machinery; often used figuratively ]
Syn. motive power, dynamo, engine, apparatus, motor, engine, controlling force, instrumentality.
4. [*An important person]
Syn. personage, big wheel*, big shot*, V.I.P.*; see celebrity 2 .
at the wheel,
Syn. driving, in control, in charge, running things; see running 1 , 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
tire, caster, roller.
roll, revolve, rotate, spin, turn, trundle, whirl, twirl, pivot, swivel, gyrate, pirouette, reel.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A closed plane curve everywhere equidistant from a fixed point or something shaped like this: band1, circle, circuit, disk, gyre, ring1. Archaic: orb. See GEOMETRY. 2. Circular movement around a point or about an axis: circuit, circulation, circumvolution, gyration, revolution, rotation, turn, whirl. See GEOMETRY, REPETITION. II verb 1. To move or cause to move in circles or around an axis: circle, circumvolve, gyrate, orbit, revolve, rotate, turn. See MOVE, REPETITION. 2. To run and control (a motor vehicle): drive, motor, pilot. Slang: tool. See MOVE. 3. To turn or cause to turn in place, as on a hinge or fixed point, tracing an arclike path: pivot, swing. See MOVE.

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