[ak-suh l]

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 confusedaxel axle


[ak-suh l]


a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 for axel

C20: named after Axel Paulsen (died 1938), Norwegian skater
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Word Origin and History for axel

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

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