Wheel, Breaking on the

Wheel, Breaking on the, a very barbarous mode of inflicting death at one time, in which the limbs of the victim were stretched along the spokes of a wheel, and the wheel being turned rapidly round, the limbs were broken by repeated blows from an iron bar; this is what the French roué means, applied figuratively to a person broken with dissipation, or what we call a rake.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Wheatstone, Sir Charles * Wheeling
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Wetstein, Johann Jacob
Wette, De
Wetter, Lake
Weyden, Roger Van der
Wharton, Philip, Duke of
Whately, Richard
Wheatstone, Sir Charles
Wheel, Breaking on the
Whewell, William
Whichcote, Benjamin
Whistler, James Abbot M'Neill
Whiston, William
Whitby, Daniel
White, Alexander
White, Sir George Stewart