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axle

[ ak-suhl ]
/ ˈæk səl /
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noun
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.
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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM axle

axled, adjectiveun·ax·led, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH axle

axel, axle
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British Dictionary definitions for axle

axle
/ (ˈæksəl) /

noun
a bar or shaft on which a wheel, pair of wheels, or other rotating member revolves

Word Origin for axle

C17: from Old Norse öxull; related to German Achse; see axis 1
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