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

Standard interior touches include the new AMG Performance flat-bottom steering wheel and the AMG Night package, which brings high-gloss black shift paddles, steering-wheel spokes, and seat insert. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 Others had distinctive features peeking from under the tarps like red checkered racing design, bright red spokes, or the Porsche lettering. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Gas explosion also damaged world-famous Porsche collection," 12 Apr. 2019 The line, which will connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metro system, is being built with a $5.6-billion public-private partnership, one of the most-far reaching such arrangements of any U.S. transit project. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "New chief of Purple Line construction promises a ‘transformational’ project," 29 Mar. 2018 On the side away from the gears, the spokes meet the axle where the axle meets the frame, meaning road stresses are transferred more-or-less directly to the frame. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 The boy told her stories of a stark and lonely place and spoke of isolation, fear, disorientation. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 2018 Such operations are part of the push by digital and physical retailers to extend the spokes in their distribution networks, largely to fill the demands of e-commerce. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "E-Commerce Companies Get Creative in Quest for ‘Last Mile’ Space," 9 Dec. 2018 Their new design for an electric motor arranges the magnets around the whole wheel hub by standing them on end, like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 After surviving Jack the Ripper’s rampage, put some spook in your spokes with a zombie bike ride, or play it safe by hitting up a street fair with more than 120 vendors. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 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 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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