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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English axle, eaxle, from Old English eaxl (shoulder, armpit), from Proto-Germanic *ahslō (shoulder), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱs- (armpit). Cognate with East Frisian acsle (shoulder), Dutch oksel (armpit), German Achsel (armpit), Swedish axel (shoulder), Latin axilla (armpit), Latin axis (axle), Greek άξονας (áxonas, axle), Sanskrit अक्ष (ákṣa, axle), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣá, room, armpit), Russian ось (osʹ, axle).


axle (plural axles)

  1. (obsolete) Shoulder.

Etymology 2[edit]

A combination of Old English eax and Old Norse öxull.


axle (plural axles)

  1. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  2. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  3. An axis; as, the Sun’s axle.
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