American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the rods or braces connecting the hub and rim of a wheel.
- n. Nautical One of the handles projecting from the rim of a ship's steering wheel.
- n. A rod or stick that may be inserted into a wheel to prevent it from turning.
- n. A rung of a ladder.
- v. To equip with spokes.
- v. To impede (a wheel) by inserting a rod.
- v. Past tense of speak.
- v. Archaic A past participle of speak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the bars, rods, or rungs which are inserted in the hub or nave of a wheel, and serve to support the rim or felly; a radius of a wheel. See cut under felly.
- n. One of the rounds or rungs of a ladder.
- n. One of a number of pins or handles jutting from the periphery of the steering-wheel of a vessel.
- n. A bar of wood or metal so placed in or applied to the wheel of a vehicle as to prevent its turning, as when going down a hill. See second phrase below.
- To fit or furnish with spokes: as, to spoke a wheel.
- Preterit and obsolete past participle of speak.
- n. See spoke-stitch.
- n. A piece that fits between the axle and the round outside, or rim, of a wheel.
- v. transitive To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.
- v. Simple past of speak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of speak.
- n. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to support the rim or felly.
- n. (Naut.) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.
- n. A rung, or round, of a ladder.
- n. A contrivance for fastening the wheel of a vehicle, to prevent it from turning in going down a hill.
- v. To furnish with spokes, as a wheel.
- n. support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim
- n. one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder
- Old English spaca (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English spāca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The frog-woman crept to her side; gazed down upon Larry; spoke -- _spoke_ -- to the Golden Girl in a swift stream of the sonorous, reverberant monosyllables; and Lakla answered her in kind.”
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“Mr. McCain spoke from the back porch of the house, using a lectern.”
“The depth and breadth and humanity he expressed has amazed me over the years, but the title spoke directly to these concerns, and it was a book I hadn't picked up in awhile.”
“Nathaniel said nothing in return but he didnt need to, his expression spoke volumes.”
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“Lyneea said nothing, but her expression spoke volumes.”
““Arkansas,” Xavier said contemptuously, as if the word spoke for itself.”
“Its been a long time since I heard her name spoke.”
“He smiled, waved his hand, spoke a short word to Hairston Breckinridge, and hurried on.”
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