spoke

\ˈspōk \

Definition of spoke 

(Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and archaic past participle of speak

spoke

noun

Definition of spoke (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : any of the small radiating bars inserted in the hub of a wheel to support the rim

b : something resembling the spoke of a wheel

2 : any of the projecting handles of a boat's steering wheel

spoke

verb
spoked; spoking

Definition of spoke (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to furnish with spokes

Examples of spoke in a Sentence

Noun

The stick got caught in the wheel's spokes.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Why were there dark spokes across the rings of Saturn? Dennis Overbye, BostonGlobe.com, "Bradford Smith, 86, dies; showed postcards from outer space," 13 July 2018 Cleveland Harp was but a single spoke in that wheel, but that wheel helped drive the NBA to these financial heights. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: This Pacers' usher is a "player," too," 23 June 2018 Why were there dark spokes across the rings of Saturn? Dennis Overbye, BostonGlobe.com, "Bradford Smith, 86, dies; showed postcards from outer space," 13 July 2018 Standard are 18-inch silver Chattanooga alloy wheels with five split spokes, wearing all-season tires. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "VW upgrades the Passat’s base engine for 2018, adds sporty new GT version | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 Mar. 2018 On the side spokes are little metal scroll wheels that feel wonderfully tactile; behind each side spoke are the paddle shifters. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Like a hot hatch on steroids: The Porsche Macan GTS reviewed," 6 Mar. 2018 Why were there dark spokes across the rings of Saturn? Dennis Overbye, BostonGlobe.com, "Bradford Smith, 86, dies; showed postcards from outer space," 13 July 2018 Why were there dark spokes across the rings of Saturn? Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Bradford Smith, Who Showed Postcards From Outer Space, Dies at 86," 11 July 2018 But the precise numbers obtained by the government, down to the penny, show that the profits associated with the conspiratorial spokes were well accounted for, multiple kickbacks and fees paid out in checks. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "'Nobody should be comfortable.' Shore prescription probe closing in on targets large and small," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The New York Post reported Karman became angry when the young child she was seated next to spoke while the movie was playing. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "New York woman arrested after dumping popcorn on 2-year-old during movie: Report," 4 Mar. 2018 According to a defense official who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity, the amphibious vehicle got stuck and then caught fire as the Marines were trying to free it. CBS News, "3 Marines in critical condition after amphibious vehicle catches fire, military says," 14 Sep. 2017 According to a defense official who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity, the amphibious vehicle got stuck and then caught fire as the Marines were trying to free it. CBS News, "3 Marines in critical condition after amphibious vehicle catches fire, military says," 14 Sep. 2017 According to a defense official who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity, the amphibious vehicle got stuck and then caught fire as the Marines were trying to free it. CBS News, "3 Marines in critical condition after amphibious vehicle catches fire, military says," 14 Sep. 2017 According to a defense official who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity, the amphibious vehicle got stuck and then caught fire as the Marines were trying to free it. CBS News, "3 Marines in critical condition after amphibious vehicle catches fire, military says," 14 Sep. 2017 According to a defense official who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity, the amphibious vehicle got stuck and then caught fire as the Marines were trying to free it. CBS News, "3 Marines in critical condition after amphibious vehicle catches fire, military says," 14 Sep. 2017 According to a defense official who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity, the amphibious vehicle got stuck and then caught fire as the Marines were trying to free it. CBS News, "3 Marines in critical condition after amphibious vehicle catches fire, military says," 14 Sep. 2017 The hub-and-spoke system is more efficient for the airline and provides more choices for more passengers, but this efficiency can come with a price (the time required to fly from spoke to hub to spoke). John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Will the hub-and-spoke route system end?," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of spoke

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spoke

Noun

Middle English, from Old English spāca; akin to Old High German speihha spoke, Middle Dutch spike spike

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spoke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spoke

: one of the bars that connect the center of a wheel to the rim

spoke

Kids Definition of spoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of speak

spoke

noun
\ˈspōk \

Kids Definition of spoke (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of the bars or rods extending from the hub of a wheel to the rim

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