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 But its rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension, as opposed to the Wrangler's recirculating-ball/solid front-axle setup, brings welcome precision to the Bronco's helm, and its 79.3-inch-wide stance lends it greater composure. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 9 May 2022 According to new documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a bolt in the rear axle mounting could fracture and cause the driveshaft to disconnect, increasing the risk of the vehicle accidentally rolling away while parked. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 2 May 2022 Payette’s three-axle truck drifted and hit a power pole, knocking power lines onto the road. Sarah Parvinistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 This ability means the cars will become more efficient than the Gen2 machines, which can only regen from the rear axle. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2022 Last year, Nidec bought Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool for an undisclosed price to improve gear-making capabilities for e-axle transmissions. Catherine Wang, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Software determines the speeds at which each axle is driven, based on conditions. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2022 Other mechanical modifications include a special suspension tune, which adjusts the spring and dampers, as well as front-axle anti-roll bars. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 The double-axle trailers measured 24 feet in length, with frontal areas of 60 square feet. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 axil, probably independent use of axil- in axeltre, axiltre axletree

Note: This word effectively replaced rare Middle English axe "axle," descended from Old English eax—see axis.

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13 May 2022

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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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