ax·​le | \ ˈak-səl How to pronounce axle (audio) \

Definition of axle

1a : a pin or shaft on or with which a wheel or pair of wheels revolves
b(1) : a fixed bar or beam with bearings at its ends on which wheels (as of a cart) revolve
(2) : the spindle of such a beam
2 archaic : axis

Examples of axle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The all-wheel-drive system can send up to 70% of torque to the rear axle, and all of that to either wheel for maximum traction. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Acura’s sleek and sporty 2022 MDX gets luxury brand’s SUV back on track," 6 Feb. 2021 Much of this has to do with the selection of axle ratios. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1977 Chevrolet Chevette Puts Price Before Performance," 17 Aug. 2020 Moving the drag sled requires 4Lo, and Ford doesn't allow brake torquing in 4Lo, presumably to save the 8120-pound behemoth from turning its axle shafts into rotini pasta. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram HD Pickup Pull-Off," 5 Feb. 2021 These units had incorrect axle, rims, and tires installed during production. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for January 14-21," 22 Jan. 2021 The ultra-small cams rotate 720 degrees, wrapping the crossbow string and cables around the cam and cam axle. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "The Hottest New Crossbows for 2021," 7 Jan. 2021 Lifelike controls include an impact feedback system from a mixed belt-pulley system and metal ball-bearing axle. Sian Babish,, "The best racing wheel," 12 Dec. 2020 Cut the axle bolts to length, and mount the wheels, washers, and bolts to each truck. Roy Berendsohn And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Wooden Wagon for the Kids," 28 Nov. 2020 The base Taycan is equipped with a 79.2-kWh battery pack and permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor that powers the rear axle and produces 402 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche Taycan's New RWD Base Model Is Way Cheaper," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of axle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for axle

Middle English axel- (as in axeltre)

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2 Mar 2021

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“Axle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of axle

: a bar on which a wheel or a pair of wheels turns


ax·​le | \ ˈak-səl How to pronounce axle (audio) \

Kids Definition of axle

: a pin or shaft on or with which a wheel or pair of wheels turns

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