wheel and axle

noun

: a mechanical device consisting of a grooved wheel turned by a cord or chain with a rigidly attached axle (as for winding up a weight) together with the supporting standards

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web University of Southern California biomechanist Michael Habib, who was not involved in the study, says springs and levers enable more rapid acceleration than wheels and axles do. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2019 So the Mariners in 2013 began replacing the wheels and axles with more robust models — designating millions of dollars as unanticipated costs eligible to be paid for with admissions taxes by the Public Facilities District that oversees Safeco Field. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, 28 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wheel and axle was in 1759

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Cite this Entry

“Wheel and axle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheel%20and%20axle. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

wheel and axle

noun

: a simple machine consisting of a grooved wheel turned by a cord or chain with a firmly attached axle (as for winding up a weight) together with supports

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