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[ak-suh l] /ˈæk səl/
noun, Figure Skating.
a jump performed by a skater leaping from the front outer edge of one skate into the air to make 1½ rotations of the body and landing on the back outer edge of the other skate.
Origin of axel
First recorded in 1925-30; after Axel Paulsen (1855-1938), Norwegian figure skater, who popularized the maneuver
Can be confused
axel, axle.


[ak-suh l] /ˈæk səl/
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • It may, indeed, be in the way sometimes; but this could not be said of axel Heyst.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • As soon as she hears of axel she will sure cover you with honours.'

    Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
  • And I think we're going to have a good dinner, too, if I know axel right.

  • Bertha is casting about for a means of crushing axel for ever.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • axel, believe me, I have never felt for you what I now feel.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • According to the report of axel Oxenstierna, the king loosened the belt and let it go.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • And she seemed to like Sir axel's company—as, indeed, most people would.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • But Sir axel and his assiduity enhanced her value and buttressed her independence.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for axel


(skating) a jump in which the skater takes off from the forward outside edge of one skate, makes one and a half, two and a half, or three and a half turns in the air, and lands on the backward outside edge of the other skate
Word Origin
C20: named after Axel Paulsen (died 1938), Norwegian skater
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for axel

skating jump, 1930, named for Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen (1855-1938).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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