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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Mickey dreams up a thing called the slingshot dragster—a quarter-miler with the driver seated behind the rear axle for better traction. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 The powertrain plant produces heavy-duty diesel engines, transmission and axles for Volvo. Meredith Cohn,, "Volvo to add 85 jobs in Hagerstown," 9 July 2019 The ride quality is reasonably comfortable for a truck, with a double wishbone front suspension, coil-over shocks, rear leaf springs and solid rear axle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "$74,000 Ford F-150? Dearborn’s best, but love is blind," 22 June 2019 Every time the roof moves, the machinery undergoes some wear and tear, and Duffy monitors the axles for cracks. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 Four women escaped with minor injuries Thursday after getting into a crash so forceful that the axle and wheels were ripped from under one of the cars, rescuers said. Tonya Alanez,, "4 women escape serious injury as violent crash rips axle and wheels off car," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile, thru-axles have finally supplanted quick release on road and gravel bikes once and for all, with only one or two exceptions. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019 According to a preliminary investigation, the tri-axle dump truck was headed north when the southbound sedan crossed into the lane for northbound traffic. Christine Dempsey,, "Kent woman dies in crash with dump truck in New Milford," 11 June 2019 Under the vehicle there are splitters ahead of the front wheels, a dimpled underbody cover beneath the battery, front and rear underbody spoilers, and rear-axle Gurney flaps. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 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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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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