[ 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.

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

ax·led, adjectiveun·ax·led, adjective

Can be confused

axel axle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for axle


/ (ˈæksəl) /


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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