from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A character of wheel-like form, supposed to symbolize the sun: it has many varieties, among others the wheel-cross, and exhibits four, five, or more arms or spokes radiating from a circle, every arm terminating in a crescent.
  • n. In cotton manufacturing, one of the gears or wheels of the ‘differential’ or ‘equating’ or ‘jack-in-a-box’ motion of a roving-machine, about the orbit of which other gears rotate. Also called a stud-wheel.


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  • Around it the flames shone through the embedded glass that made up the sun-wheel, an orange light that pulsed over the hooded figures to the wall beyond, illuminating the axe blades and the empty helmets in a flickering orange glow.

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  • Inlaid on the table was a twelve-spoked sun-wheel, continuing the symmetry of the room to a carved symbol obscured in shadow at the very apex of the design.

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  • Her nightstand was a rattan cabinet draped with a fall of crimson silk, with a statue of Brigid holding the sun-wheel placed at what he suspected was a precise angle, a tensor lamp, and a book —/It's Not Fair: The Grieving

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  • A three legged sun-wheel insignia was worn on the right collar-patch.

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  • It's the closest thing we come to a "blot", the original norse celebration of the turn of the sun-wheel Christmas is called Jul in Norwegian, which incidentally is almost the same word as for Wheel.

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  • It was the solar sail which filled most of the screen, like a. turning golden sun-wheel; yet remote vision could also appreciate its spiderweb intricacy, soaring and subtle curvatures, even the less-than-gossamer thinness.


  • The symbol used is a rude mandala, a red circle with a thick black cross inside, recognizable as the ancient sun-wheel from which tradition says the swastika was broken by the early Christians, to disguise their outlaw symbol.

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  • This consists of a fixed sun-wheel A, engaging with a planet-wheel B of the same diameter.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884.

  • Prof. Rankine, the consideration of the hypothesis in question is entirely eliminated, and whether it be accepted or rejected, the whole matter is reduced to merely adding the motion of the train-arm to the rotation of each sun-wheel.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884.

  • But in attempting to apply this formula in analyzing the action of an incomplete train, we are required to add this motion of the train-arm, not only to that of a sun-wheel, but to that of a planet-wheel.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884.


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