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[ak-suh l] /ˈæk səl/
Machinery. the pin, bar, shaft, or the like, on which or by means of which a wheel or pair of wheels rotates.
the spindle at either end of an axletree.
an axletree.
Origin of axle
before 900; Middle English axel, Old English eaxl shoulder, crossbeam (in eaxle-gespann); cognate with Old Frisian ax(e)le, Old Saxon ahsla, Old High German ahsala shoulder (German Achsel), Old Norse ǫxl, Latin āla (< derivative of *akslā)
Related forms
axled, adjective
unaxled, adjective
Can be confused
axel, axle. Unabridged
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  • For rabbits he uses Frazer's axle grease, and kills borers with knife.

    The Apple Various
  • How tremulous-dazzlingly the wheels sweep190 Around their axle!

    Endymion John Keats
  • The gearing is attached to the axle and countershaft which extend across the engine.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • They were buried to the axle; in front of them the mud bulked in solid, shiny blackness.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • For rabbits I rub the trees with axle grease, or tar and fish oil, or old lard, mixed; apply with a cloth.

    The Apple Various
  • Upon the axle of the winding pulley there is a break pulley, p.

  • This trolley carries the axle to an elevator, which lifts it to a conveyor baking oven, located in a section of the roof.

British Dictionary definitions for axle


a bar or shaft on which a wheel, pair of wheels, or other rotating member revolves
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse öxull; related to German Achse; see axis1
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Word Origin and History for axle

"pole or pin upon which a wheel revolves," Middle English axel-, from some combination of Old English eax and Old Norse öxull "axis," both from Proto-Germanic *akhsulaz (cf. Old English eaxl, Old Saxon ahsla, Old High German ahsala, German Achsel "shoulder"), from PIE *aks- "axis" (see axis). Found only in compound axle-tree before 14c.

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