Part of speech: noun

A shaft or spindle on which a wheel turns.

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Usage examples "axle":

  1. From, the axle, two shafts projected for a distance, if memory serves me, of some twelve or fifteen feet. - "Cuba, Old and New", Albert Gardner Robinson.
  2. In a rapid descent by a narrow pathway, the pedal of one of the machines struck upon a protuberance, concealed by a tuft of grass, snapping off the axle, and scattering the ball- bearings over the ground. - "Across Asia on a Bicycle", Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben.
  3. This he and Dave fitted under an axle, raising the wheel half aft inch off the ground. - "The High School Boys' Fishing Trip", H. Irving Hancock.