Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crossbar or rod supporting a vehicle, such as a cart, that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bar or beam of wood or iron, connecting the opposite wheels of a carriage, on the ends of which the wheels revolve.
  • n. A spindle or axle of a wheel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bar or beam of wood or iron, connecting the opposite wheels of a carriage, on the ends of which the wheels revolve.
  • n. A spindle or axle of a wheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bar or beam fixed crosswise under the body of a carriage, having rounded axles at the ends for a pair of wheels to revolve on.
  • n. An axis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dead axle on a carriage or wagon that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve

Etymologies

Blend of Middle English axel, axle; see axle, and Middle English axtre, axletree (ax from Old English eax + tre, tree; see tree).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
axle +‎ tree (Wiktionary)

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