axle

noun
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

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The eight-speed auto gets a 2.62 limited-slip axle. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Demon Jr.: Challenger Hellcat Widebody's bigger tires pay big track dividends," 16 Apr. 2018 The typical front or rear drive walk mower uses some form of belt-and-pulley arrangement to direct power from the engine’s output shaft to a gear box on a front or rear axle (or a gear at the wheel). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 When locked, both wheels on an axle provide equal and constant traction. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 That’s why so many of the fastest cars have the engine, the heaviest component, in the middle, between the front and rear axles. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Everyone Love the Porsche 911?," 21 Dec. 2018 The battery positioning follows standard BEV protocol and is located between the axles and underneath the passenger compartment. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 The reason for all that latter weight is that a 360-foot trailer, with 48 axles, was needed to spread out the weight of the transformer. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Talk about a ‘superload’! Check out what’s crawling along Washington highways," 18 Sep. 2018 Ram's doesn't directly turn the wheels, nor are there additional components mounted to or near the wheels or axles. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 Five people were killed and more than 60 were injured when an axle broke on the Ride the Ducks vehicle, causing the amphibious, World War II-vehicle to cross the centerline and hit the bus on Sept. 24, 2015. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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axle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of axle

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

axle

noun
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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