spoke
I. past & archaic past participle of speak II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English spāca; akin to Old High German speihha spoke, Middle Dutch spike spike Date: before 12th century 1. a. any of the small radiating bars inserted in the hub of a wheel to support the rim b. something resembling the spoke of a wheel 2. any of the projecting handles of a steering wheel of a boat III. transitive verb (spoked; spoking) Date: before 12th century to furnish with or as if with spokes

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spoke — Spoke, n. [OE. spoke, spake, AS. sp[=a]ca; akin to D. speek, LG. speke, OHG. speihha, G. speiche. [root]170. Cf. {Spike} a nail.] 1. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoke — (of a wheel), O.E. spaca spoke, related to spicing large nail, from P.Gmc. *spaikon (Cf. O.S. speca, O.Fris. spake, Du. spaak, O.H.G. speicha, Ger. speiche spoke ), probably from PIE *spei sharp point (see SPIKE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • spoke — [1] ► NOUN 1) each of the bars or wire rods connecting the centre of a wheel to its rim. 2) each of a set of radial handles projecting from a ship s wheel. 3) each of the metal rods in an umbrella to which the material is attached. ● put a spoke… …   English terms dictionary

  • Spoke — (sp[=o]k), imp. of {Speak}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spoke — Spoke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spoked} (sp[=o]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spoking}.] To furnish with spokes, as a wheel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spöke — Spöke, s. Seekatze …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Spöke — Spöke, s. Seekatzen [Abb. 1701] …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • spoke — spoke1 [spōk] n. [ME < OE spaca, akin to Ger speiche: see SPIKE1] 1. any of the braces or bars extending between the hub and the rim of a wheel 2. a ladder rung 3. any of the grips or handholds fixed along the rim of a ship s steering wheel vt …   English World dictionary

  • Spoke — A spoke is one of some number of rods radiating from the center of a wheel (the hub where the axle connects), connecting the hub with the round traction surface. The term originally referred to portions of a log which had been split lengthwise… …   Wikipedia

  • spoke — spoke1 [spəuk US spouk] the past tense of ↑speak spoke 2 spoke2 n ↑tire, ↑lock, ↑spoke, ↑reflector, ↑tyre, ↑pedal, ↑handlebars [: Old English; Origin: spaca] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spoke — be·spoke; spoke; spoke·less; …   English syllables

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