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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Under the skin, the Expedition is an F-150 enhanced with an independent rear suspension instead of a solid live axle. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 All of these systems come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction-control system and rear-axle disconnect when four-wheel drive is not needed. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Jeep Cherokee Overland: A 'premium' midcycle redesign," 25 May 2018 The traditional live-axle layout remains but benefits from a handling kit that includes new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Gee, Landie Wagon: We Drive the Quickest Defender That Land Rover Has Ever Built," 26 Mar. 2018 The overheated axle bearing could cause a fire on the train if not deal with immediately. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 June 2018 The engine is mounted behind your head, just in front of the rear axle, meaning there is no rear trunk. Michael Whiteley,, "Review: Audi R8 is an everyday supercar," 8 May 2017 The tunnel has a 35-mph speed limit and does not permit pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles with more than two axles, 18-wheelers or tanker trunks. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Repair closures planned for Washburn Tunnel," 19 June 2018 The performance model will add a second motor to the front axle, giving the car more torque and horsepower. Russ Mitchell,, "What happened to the 'affordable' $35,000 Tesla Model 3?," 21 May 2018 The center console ends at the seat edge because there is no drivetrain going through the center of the car — the motor and generator are in the rear to power the rear-drive axle. Robert Duffer,, "2017 BMW i3 electric vehicle goes longer on style than miles," 8 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of axle

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


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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