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WHEEL. The punishment of the wheel was formerly to put a criminal on a wheel, and then to break his bones until he expired. This barbarous punishment was never used in the United States, and it has been abolished in almost every civilized country.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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To draw the media's interest in photographing the events, Environics set up four interactive stations showing kids demonstrating safe wheeling practices and created a "Wall of Helmets" as a backdrop to illustrate Johnson & Johnson's donation.
FREE WHEELING. "In demolition, the wheel loader most often supports the primary demolition tool, the excavator," Jack Bolton of Volvo Construction Equipment, Asheville, N.C., says.