Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supporting shaft or member on or with which a wheel or a set of wheels revolves.
  • n. The spindle of an axletree.
  • n. Either end of an axletree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Shoulder.
  • n. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  • n. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  • n. An axis; as, the sun’s axle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  • n. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  • n. An axis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which forms the axis of the wheel and revolves with it.
  • n. An axis, as of the earth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shaft on which a wheel rotates

Etymologies

Middle English axel, from Old Norse öxull.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English axle, eaxle, from Old English eaxl ("shoulder, armpit"), from Proto-Germanic *ahslō (“shoulder”), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱs- (“armpit”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian acsle ("shoulder"), Dutch oksel ("armpit"), German Achsel ("armpit"), Swedish axel ("shoulder"), Latin axilla ("armpit"), Latin axis ("axle"), Greek άξονας (áksonas, "axle"), Sanskrit अक्ष (ákṣa, "axle"), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣá, "room, armpit"), Russian ось (os', "axle"). (Wiktionary)
A combination of Old English eax and Old Norse öxull. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I did try a Mathews once but after shooting a 45inch axle bow then shooting a 33in axle bow showed me everything I needed to stick with my bear.

    Speed Freaks?

  • Is the rear axle is the best place for a balanced load?

    Ford cargo truck?

  • The front right wheel had been completely sheared from what Julia believed was called the axle.

    Some Fun

  • Among other things, they have demonstrated that ATP synthase can be compared to a molecular machine, whose rotating bent axle is driven in a step-wise process by "biological electricity" - that is, the flow of hydrogen ions.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1997 - Presentation Speech

  • For example, the front axle is the same axle since 1924.

    An Address by Sir Malcolm Campbell

  • He testified that if a tag axle tyre burst, its weight would be taken up by the wheels on the rear axle.

    News24 Top Stories

  • The front axle and the tag axle tyres carried far less weight than the rear axle.

    News24 Top Stories

  • Chevrolet's engineers are quite pleased with the rear suspension, which comprises a relatively conventional torsion-beam rear axle which is to say, it's not a truly independent rear suspension abetted with a Watts Link-type device that helps the rear end more obediently follow the front.

    Brand-New and Almost Out of Date

  • The nearest equivalent car I can think of that sits the driver so far from the front axle is the 2009 BMW Z4, but where that car’s been described as a clown shoe, Pulitzer Prize-winning auto hack Dan Neil says the SLS looks like “a hairbrush.”

    HW Cars: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG WestSide Highway Bound «

  • Therefore, the velocity of the planet mass at this position relative to the axle, which is part of the common plane, is determined as: feet/second

    Chapter 4

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