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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n handwheel control consisting of a wheel whose rim serves as the handle by which a part is operated
    • n handwheel a wheel worked by hand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Handwheel (Mach) Any wheel worked by hand; esp., one the rim of which serves as the handle by which a valve, car brake, or other part is adjusted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handwheel A general term for one of many kinds of wheels or disks used in machinery as a convenient form of circular crank: as, the hand-wheel of a car-brake.
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In literature:

One well-known type of power press is driven by a belt, and the downward pressure of the ram is controlled by a handwheel.
"Turning and Boring" by Franklin D. Jones

In news:

Heidenhain has released an electronic wireless handwheel for use on machine tools.