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axle

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Axle \Ax"le\ ([a^]ks"'l), noun [OE. axel, exel, shoulder, AS. eaxl; akin to AS. eax axle, Sw. & Dan. axel shoulder, axle, G. achse axle, achsel shoulder, L. axis axle, Gr. 'a'xwn, Skr. aksha, L. axilla shoulder joint: cf. F. essieu, axle, OF. aissel, fr. dim. of L. axis. [root]205. Cf. 2d {Axis}.]

1. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.

2. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.

3. An axis; as, the sun's axle.

Had from her axle torn The steadfast earth. --Milton.

Note: Railway axles are called leading and trailing from their position in the front or in the rear of a car or truck respectively.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

axle

noun

1: a shaft on which a wheel rotates


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