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Lever vs Wheel - What's the difference?

lever | wheel |

In transitive terms the difference between lever and wheel

is that lever is to move with a lever while wheel is to put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to make or perform in a circle.

In obsolete terms the difference between lever and wheel

is that lever is rather while wheel is a rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb.

As an adverb lever

is rather.



(wikipedia lever)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) leveor, ; see levant. Compare alleviate, elevate, leaven.


(en noun)
  • (mechanics)   A rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the fulcrum ), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; — used for transmitting and modifying force and motion.
  • # Specifically, a bar of metal, wood or other rigid substance, used to exert a pressure, or sustain a weight, at one point of its length, by receiving a force or power at a second, and turning at a third on a fixed point called a fulcrum. It is usually named as the first of the six mechanical powers, and is of three kinds, according as either the fulcrum F, the weight W, or the power P, respectively, is situated between the other two, as in the figures.
  • A small such piece to trigger or control a mechanical device (like a button).
  • (mechanics)   A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=(Henry Petroski) , title=Opening Doors , volume=100, issue=2, page=112-3 , magazine= citation , passage=A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers , with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place.}}
  • (mechanics)   An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.
  • Verb

  • To move with a .
  • ''With great effort and a big crowbar I managed to lever the beam off the floor.
  • (figuratively) To use, operate like a .
  • To increase the share of debt in the capitalization of a business.
  • *
  • Derived terms

    * leverage * compound lever * lever escapement * lever jack * lever watch * universal lever

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) comparative of of Germanic origin (compare German lieb) or lief.


  • (obsolete) Rather.
  • * 1530 , , The Four PP
  • for I had lever be without ye / Then have suche besines about ye
  • * 1537 ,
  • Now therefore take my life from me, for I had lever die then live.
  • * 1590 ,
  • For lever had I die than see his deadly face.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) lever.


    (en noun)
  • (rare) A levee.
  • * 1742 , Miss Robinson, Mrs. Delany's Letters , II.191:
  • We do not appear at Phœbus's Levér .
  • * 2011 , Tim Blanning, "The reinvention of the night", Times Literary Supplement , 21 Sep 2011:
  • Louis XIV’s day began with a lever at 9 and ended (officially) at around midnight.


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    (en noun)
  • A circular device capable of rotating on its axis, facilitating movement or transportation or performing labour in machines.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=5, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=The departure was not unduly prolonged.
  • # A steering wheel and its implied control of a vehicle.
  • # (label) The instrument attached to the rudder by which a vessel is steered.
  • # A spinning wheel.
  • # A potter's wheel.
  • #* Bible, (w) xviii. 3
  • Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels .
  • #* (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • Turn, turn, my wheel ! This earthen jar / A touch can make, a touch can mar.
  • # (heraldiccharge) This device used as a heraldic charge, usually with six spokes.
  • A wheel-like device used as an instrument of torture or punishment.
  • (label) A person with a great deal of power or influence; a big wheel.
  • (label) The lowest straight in poker: ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • (label) Wheel rim.
  • A round portion of cheese.
  • A Catherine wheel firework.
  • (label) A rolling or revolving body; anything of a circular form; a disk; an orb.
  • (Milton)
  • A turn or revolution; rotation; compass.
  • * (Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • According to the common vicissitude and wheel of things, the proud and the insolent, after long trampling upon others, come at length to be trampled upon themselves.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • [He] throws his steep flight in many an aery wheel .


    * (instrument of torture) breaking wheel * (wheel rim) rim

    Derived terms

    * balance wheel * behind the wheel * big wheel * breaking wheel * break on the wheel * buffing wheel * cartwheel * car wheel * Catherine wheel * click wheel * cog wheel, cogwheel * color wheel, colour wheel * daisy wheel * disk wheel * driving wheel * eighteen-wheeler * escape wheel * Ferris wheel * fifth wheel * flywheel * foundling wheel * four-wheel * four-wheel drive * freewheel * freewheeling * front-wheel drive * gear wheel, gearwheel * Geneva wheel * grease the wheels * hell on wheels * idle wheel * kick wheel * lantern wheel * leading wheel * mag wheel * meals on wheels * mill wheel * motorcycle wheel * paddle wheel * pinwheel * planet wheel * potter's wheel * prayer wheel * print wheel * ratchet wheel * reinvent the wheel * roulette wheel * scoop wheel, scoopwheel * skateboard wheel * spinning wheel * spin one's wheels * sprocket wheel * the squeaky wheel gets the grease * steel wheel * steering wheel * stern-wheeler * take the wheel * the wheel * three-wheeler * tide wheel * trailing wheel * training wheels * two-wheeler * wagon wheel * water wheel * wheel and axle * wheelbarrow * wheelbase * wheel breadth * wheelchair * wheel clamp * wheeled * wheelhouse * wheelie * wheelie bin * the wheels fell off * wheel of Fortune * wheel of life * wheel rim * wheels * wheelspin * wheel within a wheel * wheelwright * wheely * worm wheel

    See also

    * (wikipedia "wheel")


    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive, or, transitive) To roll along as on wheels.
  • Wheel that trolley over here, would you?
  • To travel around in large circles, particularly in the air.
  • The vulture wheeled above us.
  • * '>citation
  • To transport something or someone using any wheeled mechanism, such as a wheelchair.
  • To put into a rotatory motion; to cause to turn or revolve; to make or perform in a circle.
  • * Gray
  • The beetle wheels her droning flight.
  • * Milton
  • Now heaven, in all her glory, shone, and rolled / Her motions, as the great first mover's hand / First wheeled their course.

    Derived terms

    * wheel around * wheel away * word-wheeling