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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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