axle

noun
ax·​le | \ ˈak-səl \

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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Our tester’s rear-axle steering system was a $1,620 option. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Porsche Panamera: Fast, Furious and, Yes, a Station Wagon," 19 Dec. 2018 Instead of an internal combustion engine, each axle sports its own asynchronous electric motor, each of which features a cooling lance running through it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 An electric motor at each axle provides the all-wheel-drive Cross Turismo with a combined 590 horsepower as well as torque-vectoring abilities. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept: It's an Electric Porsche Wagon," 6 Mar. 2018 The architecture fixes some dimensional relationships, including the distance between the front axle and the pedals, for example. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Jetta review: A quintessentially American Volkswagen," 4 Oct. 2018 Featuring a 5-foot by 10-foot body, the Gunnar is designed to go wherever your camping dreams take you thanks to oversized tires, a heavy duty axle, and Jeep-style fenders. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom teardrop trailer uses a rooftop tent to camp a family," 3 Oct. 2018 The Model 3 also sports a minimal front overhang, low hood, cab-rearward proportions and a luxurious axle-to-dash ratio. Dan Neil, WSJ, "First Test Drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Thrilling, Modern Marvel," 19 July 2018 This makes sense because the 80-kWh battery pack sends power to the electrified axle, essentially making the camper spin its own wheels and cutting down the tow load on your vehicle. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Finally, a camper that could be towed by an electric car," 29 Aug. 2018 Unlike the street Mustang’s 10-speed transmission and independent rear suspension, the Cobra Jet features a 3-speed automatic and classic 9-inch solid rear axle that’s kept in check with an anti-roll bar, Panhard rod and adjustable coil-over shocks. Fox News, "$130G Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is the quickest, most expensive pony car ever," 16 Aug. 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 \

Kids Definition of axle

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

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