Definition of axle
1a : a pin or shaft on or with which a wheel or pair of wheels revolvesb (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
Recent Examples of axle from the Web
That's split 50:50 over the front and rear axles for better handling, and Alfa claims a class-leading almost seven lbs:hp power-to-weight ratio.
State troopers performed a search of the vehicle and found a suspicious section of the rear truck axle.
This is for a four-door, five-seat SuperCab model with four-wheel drive, 5.5-inch pickup box and 4.10 electronic locking axle ratio.
The CHP also appealed to the public for information about an off-white Bounder RV with a black, single-axle trailer pulling a white off-road vehicle.
The problem of the Mercedes, according to Bottas in his post-race debrief, appears to be an inconsistency between the front and rear axle.
The AWD disconnect mode disconnects the rear axle from the drive system to save fuel.
An examination of the undercarriage of the trailer revealed that the axles had been altered to conceal narcotics.
There is a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit with both of the systems to bring better fuel economy when the extra traction of the four-wheel drive is not needed.
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Origin and Etymology of axle
Middle English axel- (as in axeltre)
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
AXLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of axle for English Language Learners
: a bar on which a wheel or a pair of wheels turns
AXLE Defined for Kids
Definition of axle for Students
: a pin or shaft on or with which a wheel or pair of wheels turns
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