Definition of wheelhouse in English:



  • 1A part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel.

    • ‘I repeated my earlier journey back past the wheelhouse and up the companionway.’
    • ‘We cut through open remains of stern cabins, the galley and engine room, working up to the wheelhouse, where a large grouper lurks behind the remains of the steering binnacle.’
    • ‘Either side of the wheelhouse, tight against the side of the ship, is the steering cable.’
    • ‘The tailgate opening is 1020 mm, and the load width between the inner wheelhouses is 1048 mm.’
    • ‘Around 8 a.m. black smoke erupted from the engine room and within three quarters of an hour, the wheelhouse and shelter deck, which went up like an inferno, was gone.’
    • ‘In the sudden calamity that presaged the sinking, it is possible the skipper or a flying object in the wheelhouse knocked the joystick control to one side.’
    • ‘The vessel has a forward offset wheelhouse extended to shelter the hauling area.’
    • ‘Salvagers have taken the ship's propeller, navigational gear from the wheelhouse, and cargo.’
    • ‘The Silver Dawn is also equipped with seating inside the wheelhouse and up top on the fly-bridge.’
    • ‘These chains run along either side of the ship to below the wheelhouse, where they would be pulled by the ship's wheel to turn the rudder.’
    • ‘In many scenes filmed of the boat under way, McCook or Layton were in the wheelhouse, out of view or in a lower helm station while Clooney drove the boat.’
    • ‘With waves literally passing over the wheelhouse, some fought through seasickness (finding their sea legs) for another day before arriving at Darwin.’
    • ‘All 14 crewmen - a mix of Indian, Pakistani and Filipino - were on the wheelhouse roof, awaiting rescue.’
    • ‘Loui had already shed his wet-weather gear and was in the wheelhouse.’
    • ‘In another separate incident, a youth threw a stone at a different cruise boat last weekend, hitting the side of the wheelhouse.’
    • ‘Back in the wheelhouse he was confronted by the huge ship and desperately tried to swing the wheel to head away.’
    • ‘Yet, even on her final day with her bows blown off back to the wheelhouse, she returned her crew safely to land.’
    • ‘The first officer, a retired British naval man, regarded Kara and her few belongings with wry amusement as one of the deck hands brought her up to the wheelhouse.’
    • ‘By 5pm that day, after Mayday calls went unanswered, they were forced to abandon ship, torching the wheelhouse as a last-ditch smoke signal and praying it would be seen.’
    • ‘Interactive displays guide visitors as they observe river traffic through binoculars, use a field guide to identify vessel types, and take the helm in a towboat wheelhouse.’
  • 2Archaeology
    A stone-built circular house with inner partition walls radiating like the spokes of a wheel, found in western and northern Scotland and dating chiefly from about 100 BC to AD 100.

    • ‘Only the base and the edges of the wheelhouse walls are left.’
    • ‘It is apparent from the main concentrations of brochs and wheelhouses on Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles, that the islands were where people were innovating new styles and building techniques.’