Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A jump in figure skating that is initiated from the outer forward edge of one skate, followed by one and one-half midair turns and a return to the outer backward edge of the other skate.

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  • noun figure skating A jump with one (or more) and a half turns in the air.

Etymologies

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

[After Axel, Paulsen (1856–1938), Norwegian figure skater.]

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Named after the Norwegian skater Axel R. Paulsen (1885-1939).

Examples

  • Despite feeling shaky, Asada hit her trademark jump, a triple axel, which is a move even some male skaters have trouble with.

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  • Despite feeling shaky, Asada hit her trademark jump, a triple axel, which is a move even some male skaters have trouble with.

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  • The axel is the only part that will take a magnet so are of cast iron.

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  • With a degree in applied mathematics, you'll be able to quickly and accurately answer such questions as, "what degree of wheel rotation will result in the correct axel realignment necessary to back into this parking space?",

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  • This was to be my last trip with my 16 foot double axel trailer and on this trip I had planned to bring across my tools (many of them) including one eight foot latter and one 20 foot extension ladder, a chop saw and stand and several other electrical tools as well as some hand tools.

    Deported

  • This was to be my last trip with my 16 foot double axel trailer and on this trip I had planned to bring across my tools (many of them) including one eight foot latter and one 20 foot extension ladder, a chop saw and stand and several other electrical tools as well as some hand tools.

    Deported

  • This was to be my last trip with my 16 foot double axel trailer and on this trip I had planned to bring across my tools (many of them) including one eight foot latter and one 20 foot extension ladder, a chop saw and stand and several other electrical tools as well as some hand tools.

    Deported

  • With a degree in applied mathematics, you'll be able to quickly and accurately answer such questions as, "what degree of wheel rotation will result in the correct axel realignment necessary to back into this parking space?",

    Jilly Gagnon: Degrees You Can Use!

  • This was to be my last trip with my 16 foot double axel trailer and on this trip I had planned to bring across my tools (many of them) including one eight foot latter and one 20 foot extension ladder, a chop saw and stand and several other electrical tools as well as some hand tools.

    Deported

  • This was to be my last trip with my 16 foot double axel trailer and on this trip I had planned to bring across my tools (many of them) including one eight foot latter and one 20 foot extension ladder, a chop saw and stand and several other electrical tools as well as some hand tools.

    Deported

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  • Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer, 1985, from the film Beverly Hills Cop, named for Eddie Murphy's character in the film, Axel Foley

    February 10, 2008