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Wheel, subst. any thing circular and turning on an axis: it (majesty) “is a massy w. fixed on the summit of the highest mount,” Hml. III, 3, 17. “when a great w. runs down a hill,” Lr. II, 4, 73. “bound upon a w. of fire,” IV, 7, 47. “a potter's w.” H6A I, 5, 19. “she had transformed me to a curtal dog and made me turn i'the w.” Err. III, 2, 151 (i. e. to turn the spit). Instrument of torture and execution: Wint. III, 2, 177. Cor. III, 2, 2. One of the frames which support a carriage: H4A III, 1, 132. H4B II, 4, 278. H6B II, 4, 13. Tit. V, 2, 47. Tit. V, 2, 47 Caes. I, 1, 39. “a carbuncle of Phoebus' w.” Cymb. V, 5, 190. Pars pro toto, == the carriage: at “the --s of Caesar? art thou led in triumph?” Meas. III, 2, 47. “the gentle day, before the --s of Phoebus,” Ado V, 3, 26. “from forth day's path and Titan's fiery --s,” Rom. II, 3, 4. Attribute of Fortune, as the emblem of mutability: Lucr. 952. H5 III, 6, 28. H5 III, 6, 28 H6C IV, 3, 47. Hml. II, 2, 517. Lr. II, 2, 180. V, 3, 174. Confounded, in this quality, with a spinning-wheel: “mock the good housewife Fortune from her w.” As I, 2, 34. Ant. IV, 15, 44 (Fortune being, probably, supposed to do the business of the ancient Parcae). Proverbial: “then may I set the world on --s, when she can spin for her living,” Gent. III, 1, 317 (== then I have all the world in a string and may drive it before me). would it (the world) were all (drunk), “that it might go on --s,” Ant. II, 7, 99.
Not yet satisfactorily explained: “how the w. becomes it!” Hml. IV, 5, 172 (Malone: allusion to the occupation of the girl who is supposed to sing the song. Steevens, without sufficient authority: == burden, refrain).
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