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spoke1

[spohk] /spoʊk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of speak.
2.
Nonstandard. a past participle of speak.
3.
Archaic. a past participle of speak.

spoke2

[spohk] /spoʊk/
noun
1.
one of the bars, rods, or rungs radiating from the hub or nave of a wheel and supporting the rim or felloe.
2.
something that resembles the spoke of a wheel.
3.
a handlelike projection from the rim of a wheel, as a ship's steering wheel.
4.
a rung of a ladder.
verb (used with object), spoked, spoking.
5.
to fit or furnish with or as with spokes.
Origin of spoke2
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English spāca; cognate with Dutch speek, German Speiche
Related forms
spokeless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spokes
Historical Examples
  • He swallowed once or twice, and his hands tightened on the spokes of the wheel.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I seized her hands and placed them on the spokes of the wheel.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Should he have grasped the spokes near the hub, near the rim, or in the middle?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • There were four "children of Horus" and four spokes to the wheel of the sun.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Its details blurred like the spokes of a swiftly turning wheel.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • It was like the hub of a wheel, only there were not so many passages as there are spokes in most wheels.

  • spokes was there, for spokes had swum round the Black Buoy, and become a “shark.”

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • As the spokes get nearer the centre of the wheel, they get nearer to one another.

    The Calvary Road Roy Hession
  • "N-n-not exactly," says Miss Hampton, grippin' the spokes gingerly.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • The spokes were flat bands of steel, curved outward to the tire.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for spokes

spoke1

/spəʊk/
verb
1.
the past tense of speak
2.
(archaic or dialect) a past participle of speak

spoke2

/spəʊk/
noun
1.
a radial member of a wheel, joining the hub to the rim
2.
a radial projection from the rim of a wheel, as in a ship's wheel
3.
a rung of a ladder
4.
(Brit) put a spoke in someone's wheel, to thwart someone's plans
verb
5.
(transitive) to equip with or as if with spokes
Word Origin
Old English spāca
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Word Origin and History for spokes

spoke

n.

(of a wheel), Old English spaca "spoke," related to spicing "large nail," from Proto-Germanic *spaikon (cf. Old Saxon speca, Old Frisian spake, Dutch spaak, Old High German speicha, German speiche "spoke"), probably from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)).

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