from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A crossbar or rod supporting a vehicle, such as a cart, that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun An axis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A bar or beam of wood or iron, connecting the opposite wheels of a carriage, on the ends of which the wheels revolve.
- noun obsolete A spindle or axle of a wheel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
baror beamof wood or iron, connecting the opposite wheels of a carriage, on the ends of which the wheels revolve.
- noun A spindle or
axleof a wheel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a dead axle on a carriage or wagon that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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"I almost wish I could threaten you with a fever, or something serious; but I see you are as sound as that 'axletree' our friend spoke of the other day.
Now it was only half over the wheels, now it hid the axletree, and now the coach sank down in it almost to the windows.
The driver composedly shouted to us to alight; the hole was only deep enough to sink the vehicle to the axletree.
Perhaps it was well for his cattle that the axletree gave way and the chaise of course overturned, before they had travelled one-third part of the stage.
Owing to the irregularities of the surface the axletree of one of our carts gave way this day.
Maybe it was sight of the axletree, maybe it was just the roiling confusion of his life, but he felt fury rise in him like that he felt in the dreams where he swung a sword.
He was alone again in his head; the laughing figure who'd measured the six guards for a single stroke of the massive axletree had gone back to wherever it was that he watched and waited.
Garric had hung the oil lamp on the axletree leaning near the stable door; the cartwheels were beside it.
"The axletree from inside the stable," Cashel corrected automatically.
Garric stepped out of the stable with an axletree that Cashel himself would have found a burden.