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 Rees got another rope and reached into the water to tie it onto the Jeep’s axle. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Jeep driver’s first glacier close-up goes awry," 31 Jan. 2020 In Michigan, a legal truck can weigh up to 164,000 pounds, 82 tons, if the weight is distributed correctly among 11 axles., "Wayne County has struggled to inspect its bridges, state also under scrutiny," 31 Jan. 2020 That means a full 1.75-inch diameter steel tube chassis with adjustable front double-wishbone suspension and rear trailing arm suspension for the solid axle. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "You can now own a stock car that’s just like what Nascar pros race," 22 Jan. 2020 Some people arrived in campers, in it for the long haul; some came in minivans, entered the tasting room with handcarts, and left with an axle-straining number of cases of wine. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "My Totally Racous, Très French, Super Wine-Soaked Weekend in the Loire," 13 Dec. 2019 The US Labor Department estimates that there were about 150,000 US jobs just building engines, transmissions and axles at US factories last year. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Electric vehicles pose a major threat to autoworkers' jobs," 4 Dec. 2019 The axle is the rod that goes through the middle of a gear. Scientific American, "Gear Up Your Candy," 21 Nov. 2019 The wheelbase grew by 8.5 inches (216mm), and the dash-to-axle ratio was lengthened. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Watch out, Tesla—Ford gets serious with Mustang Mach-E electric crossover," 18 Nov. 2019 Truckers riding on five axles without an ExpressToll sticker pay $90.20 to travel the full length of the highway. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "A foreign company wants to operate E-470 — and collect billions in tolls from drivers," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of axle was in the 14th century

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Axle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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