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axletree

[ak-suh l-tree]
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noun
  1. a bar, fixed crosswise under an animal-drawn vehicle, with a rounded spindle at each end upon which a wheel rotates.
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Origin of axletree

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at axle, tree
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Historical Examples

  • These bars strengthened the axletree and resisted wear at the spindle.

    Artillery Through the Ages

    Albert Manucy

  • The white pirogue was hidden in a copse and its mast was taken for an axletree.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • In crossing a small ravine, an axletree of one of the wagons was broken.

  • These wheels are coupled together by an axletree, into which a tongue is inserted.

  • Now, yesterday I broke my axletree, and I go and hew out a new one of green wood.

    A Russian Proprietor

    Lyof N. Tolstoi


British Dictionary definitions for axletree

axletree

noun
  1. a bar fixed across the underpart of a wagon or carriage that has rounded ends on which the wheels revolve
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