Definition of axle in English:



  • A rod or spindle (either fixed or rotating) passing through the center of a wheel or group of wheels.

    [as modifier] ‘axle grease’
    ‘axle loads’
    • ‘There'd have to be changes there: in the boilers, the pistons, the axles and wheels… rebuild the whole thing.’
    • ‘Independent rear axles are similar to front axle of a front wheel drive car.’
    • ‘There was the distant clattering of wheels and squeaking of axles.’
    • ‘Wheels, axles and railroad ties were flung in all directions.’
    • ‘Are you going to have to plan on costly replacement of tires or axles or crankpins?’
    • ‘In this case, beauty really is skin deep because no one is pining for drum brakes, beam axles and carburetors.’
    • ‘And if the shaft is straight the light on the wall will hardly move as the pedal axle is rotated.’
    • ‘It is fabricated of aluminum tubing and has four wheels on two axles.’
    • ‘The frame, in turn, features an oscillating front axle and pivoting rear tandem axles.’
    • ‘Here, also, increased pay load can be achieved by the replacement of steel with titanium in such items as axles and wheels.’
    • ‘Pothole poetry has all the tragedy of lost love if not lost axles and wheels.’
    • ‘Torque is distributed from the engine to the front and rear axles via the automatic transmission and transfer case.’
    • ‘These critical items allow the wheel to spin freely without damaging the axle or the wheel.’
    • ‘Exports of everything from axles and compressors to shock absorbers have also jumped over the past two years.’
    • ‘Indeed, the chassis and the wheel axle were specially designed to withstand such speed.’
    • ‘This car is four-wheel drive, so down the centre of the chassis there's a drive-shaft, connecting the front and rear axles to the motor.’
    • ‘Historians believe the sport's origins date to European Celtics who would toss chariot wheels attached to axles.’
    • ‘Like most Hondas, the engine is mounted longitudinally in the frame letting the drive shafts line up to the front and rear axles.’
    • ‘The solid wood frame is supported by metal axles and rubber-edged wheels.’
    • ‘According to whether a bus has 2 axles, 3 axles or 4 axles, it will be charged accordingly.’
    shaft, spindle, rod, arbor, pin, pivot
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Middle English (originally axle-tree): from Old Norse ǫxultré.