The description is similar to that of the Mer-Ka-Ba in Egyptian texts which correlate to what some call a Hebrew chariot.
Explanations suggest that this is a light body that transports the body between space and time.
These verses are rich in wheel metaphor as the wheels not only rotate but give the illusion of lifting or moving from the earth.The passage describes a wheel inside of a wheel, similar to a gyroscope.Interestingly, one of the definitions for the word wheel in the dictionary notes that “many of our metaphorical expressions develop from our perceptions of the body.” Most sources credit the invention of the wheel to ancient Mesopotamia around 3500 BC.The first wheel is believed to be a potting wheel that was used to move food and water.16The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
17When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.
According to etymonline.com, the word wheel can be used as a noun or verb and has a history dating back to at least 1200 ac.
wheel (n.) Old English hweol, hweogol “wheel,” from Proto-Germanic *hwewlaz (source also of Old Norse hvel, Old Swedish hiughl, Old Frisian hwel, Middle Dutch weel), from PIE *kw(e)-kwl-o- “wheel, circle,” suffixed, reduplicated form of root *kwel- (1) “revolve, move round; sojourn, dwell.” It is interesting to note all the words that have wheel in their name such as water-wheel, wheel-house, wheelchair, pin wheel, wheelie, and steering wheel.
18As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four 19And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
20Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
Words like telepathy, telegraph, and telescope all have evolved from the same root of kwel.