noun, often capitalized
ax·​el | \ ˈak-səl How to pronounce axel (audio) , ˈäk- How to pronounce axel (audio) \

Definition of axel

: a jump in figure skating from the outer forward edge of one skate with 1¹/₂ turns taken in the air and a return to the outer backward edge of the other skate

Examples of axel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2018, Nagasu’s triple axel was the coveted skill at the Olympics. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 That applied force is then carried down the handle to the axel, which subsequently turns the wheels. Will Briskin, Popular Mechanics, 22 May 2022 The edge jumps are the loop, the salchow and the axel, while the toe jumps are the toe loop, the flip and the lutz. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 3 Feb. 2022 Chen fell and failed to complete his required combination jump, stepped out of a quadruple toe-loop jump, and put his hands down on the ice in landing a triple-axel jump. Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2022 The 4-foot-11 14-year-old falls on her opening jump, a double axel, but lands six triple jumps, three in combination, in her program. Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2022 In fact, the 24-year-old has been working on restoring a 1969 Ford SUV and chronicled the project on her TikTok account @syds_garage, sharing videos of everything from rebuilding the back axel to wire brushing rust. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 If a Rachmaninoff piano concerto is a quad, the music of Philip Glass is more like a single axel. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 Sikharulidze had been over-rotated and stumbled out of a double axel. Lanford Beard,, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of axel

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for axel

Axel Paulsen †1938 Norwegian figure skater

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“Axel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Ax·​el | \ ˈak-səl How to pronounce Axel (audio) \

Definition of Axel

Richard 1946–     American biochemist

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