Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See pilothouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosed compartment, on the deck of a vessel such as a fishing boat, from which it may be navigated; on a larger vessel it is the bridge or pilothouse
  • n. The enclosed structure around side paddlewheels on a steamboat.
  • n. A batter's power zone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small house on or above a vessel's deck, containing the steering wheel.
  • n. A paddle box. See under paddle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mech., a building in which a water-wheel is housed.
  • n. A structure to contain and safeguard the wheels of the valves of a. water-works system.
  • n. The curved inclosure for the paddle-or side-wheels of a steamboat.
  • n. The free space under the forward part of the body in some carriages, which enables the front axle to make a more extensive arc in turning, and permits the wheels to ‘cut under.’
  • n. Nautical, same as pilot-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated

Etymologies

wheel +‎ house (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The best news for the GOP this summer, Mr. Wehner says, is that "the issue set that is dominating the national debate is in the Republican wheelhouse, which is taxes and spending."

    Democrats' Woes Won't Cure GOP

  • Beyond the wheelhouse was a spacious area with lounge chairs and a portable bar.

    Fatal Care

  • But I think there's a real substantive reform that McCain could offer that its completely in his wheelhouse, that is necessary, and that would prove he's a break from Bush.

    The Corner

  • It is a small gypsy style cart so it can't imagine it will be used for the 'wheelhouse'.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • It was a 'wheelhouse' song, to be sure last week, but wheelhouse songs don't bring in new fans.

    YesButNoButYes: Haterade's Idol Thoughts - 3/18/08

  • The next two races are right in Jimmie Johnson's wheelhouse, meaning those chasing him must try to keep up.

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • Taylor stood in the wheelhouse at the shoulder of Petty Officer Derrick Winters, who concentrated as he silently piloted the craft.

    Gideon’s war

  • Before he had a chance to see where it was coming from, the door of the wheelhouse opened and a small man stepped out.

    Gideon’s war

  • Gideon took out his soaked wallet, peeled out a wet business card, and set it on the wheelhouse.

    Gideon’s war

  • Over the whine of the engine, Cassie could hear the Steves plotting in the wheelhouse cabin: “She still behind us?”

    Rogue Oracle

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  • Wow. Isn't the phrase extreme conservatism, as used by Meghan McCain, something of an oxymoron? Along the lines of extreme moderation?

    P.S. I hope they keep fighting like this. It's awfully entertaining.

    March 18, 2009

  • “McCain had blogged about body issues during the campaign — “I’ve been surprised by critical comments regarding my weight and body shape. It recently reached a ridiculous level when someone handed me a business card for a plastic surgeon and suggested I needed liposuction�? — so Ingraham’s jokes were, as the baseballers say, right in her wheelhouse.�?

    The New York Times, Mean G.O.P. Girls, by Eric Etheridge, Marche 17, 2009

    March 18, 2009