noun, often capitalized
ax·el | \ˈak-səl, ˈäk- \

Definition of axel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


biographical name
Ax·el | \ˈak-səl \

Definition of Axel (Entry 2 of 2)

Richard 1946–     American biochemist

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My inner goddess becomes the first person to execute a quadruple axel at the Winter Olympics. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "I Treated My Inner Goddess to a Jamie Dornan Movie Marathon and It Was Fifty Shades of Boring," 13 Feb. 2018 Finally, Nagasu joined their elite ranks in February, at the 2018 Winter Olympics, with a resounding triple axel in the figure skating team event that helped earn America a bronze medal. Adam Carlson,, "The Triple-Axel Face-Off: Historic Olympians Tonya Harding & Mirai Nagasu Will Compete on DWTS," 13 Apr. 2018 Seemingly crumbling under the pressure, Nathan Chen’s delivered a disastrous short program, falling on a quad lutz, stepping out of a quad toe loop and putting a hand down on a triple axel. Chris Schleicher, Time, "Let This Figure Skater Turned Comedy Writer Guide You Through the Olympics Men’s Skating Competition," 16 Feb. 2018 That is all that has been secured so far, and there’s no telling what the North will do once the last triple axel has been twirled. Ryu Spaeth, New Republic, "What the Pyeongchang Olympics tell us about political theater in the era of Trump and Kim," 7 Feb. 2018 Nagasu made history in February by becoming the first U.S. woman to land the notoriously tricky triple axel in an Olympic competition. People Staff,, "Who Is Competing on Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Tonight?," 30 Apr. 2018 Nagasu became only the third woman to land a clean triple axel in Olympic history during the team event and was highly popular with the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena despite her 10th-place finish. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Winter Olympics figure skating: Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu snubbed for exhibition gala," 24 Feb. 2018 The fall came just about a week after Nagasu made figure skating history by landing the first triple axel on Olympic ice. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "All 3 of Team USA's Figure Skaters Fell Hard During Their Short Programs," 21 Feb. 2018 Her teammate Mirai Nagasu also fell on her opening jump, a triple axel. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "U.S. Skaters Stumble Again. Is Their System Broken?," 21 Feb. 2018

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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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