spoke

\ ˈspōk How to pronounce spoke (audio) \

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 Neither character meets a good end, which is remarked upon by a spokes-bird for a murmuration of starlings. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: ‘What If’ is elegant, but may leave you wondering," 6 Dec. 2019 Shipka: No, The Duke kind of spoke to me from day one. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Kiernan Shipka and Isabela Merced dish on Netflix's new teen holiday flick Let It Snow," 8 Nov. 2019 The 6-year-old spoke of another instance where Davitt touched her groin over her clothes. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Records: Inmate filed sexual misconduct complaint against officer before fatal attack," 1 Nov. 2019 That price, of course, will climb steeply if the optional carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber packages (for interior and exterior) and carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and special thin-spoke wheels are purchased. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Red-carpet rockets: Is 500 hp now theadmission price to supercar club?," 30 Aug. 2019 David Langford, whose wife, Dawna, and two children were killed, spoke of buying property in the United States. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "After the massacre, a new reckoning: Should the American Mormons of La Mora remain in Mexico?," 8 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Such scenes are occurring across Santa Cruz, a city of 1.5m people that is laid out like a bicycle wheel: 27 avenues project like spokes from the centre, which is encircled by anillos, or rings. The Economist, "Evo Morales faces a long insurrection," 7 Nov. 2019 Two student speakers addressed family, friends and advisors who smiled and cheered as each spoke of their journey from gang life to college life. BostonGlobe.com, "Gang life led him to four years in prison. He finished his HiSet, a high school equivalency test, with help from counselors at Boston Uncornered.," 13 Sep. 2019 Make next ring in same manner, placing it about a foot away from center ring and continuing to drape yarn loosely between spokes. Heather Jeffcoat, Woman's Day, "Giant Spiders and Spiderweb," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Drape yarn loosely to next spoke; tie yarn around spoke. Heather Jeffcoat, Woman's Day, "Giant Spiders and Spiderweb," 9 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of spoke was before the 12th century

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“Spoke.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoke. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce spoke (audio) \

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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