wheel and axle


Definition of wheel and axle

: 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

Examples of wheel and axle in a Sentence

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, "What Birds Can Teach Us about Flying Robots," 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, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of wheel and axle

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Wheel and axle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheel%20and%20axle. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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