Axle
Axle Ax"le ([a^]ks"'l), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

2. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree. [1913 Webster]

3. An axis; as, the sun's axle. [1913 Webster]

Had from her axle torn The steadfast earth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: Railway axles are called leading and trailing from their position in the front or in the rear of a car or truck respectively. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • axle — An axle is a shaft on which the wheels revolve. A full floating axle is used to drive the rear wheels. It does not hold them on nor support them. A semi floating or one quarter floating axle is used to drive the wheels, hold them on, and support… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • axle — [17] The word axle emerges surprisingly late considering the antiquity of axles, but related terms had existed in the language for perhaps a thousand years. Old English had eax, which came from a hypothetical Germanic *akhsō, related to Latin… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • axle — [17] The word axle emerges surprisingly late considering the antiquity of axles, but related terms had existed in the language for perhaps a thousand years. Old English had eax, which came from a hypothetical Germanic *akhsō, related to Latin… …   Word origins

  • axle — ax|le [ˈæksəl] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: axletree axle (13 21 centuries), from Old Norse öxultre, from öxul axle + tre tree ] the bar connecting two wheels on a car or other vehicle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • axle — UK [ˈæks(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms axle : singular axle plural axles a metal bar that connects a pair of wheels on a car or other vehicle …   English dictionary

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