Definitions

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

  • noun One of the rods or braces connecting the hub and rim of a wheel.
  • noun Nautical One of the handles projecting from the rim of a ship's steering wheel.
  • noun A rod or stick that may be inserted into a wheel to prevent it from turning.
  • noun A rung of a ladder.
  • transitive verb To equip with spokes.
  • transitive verb To impede (a wheel) by inserting a rod.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See spoke-stitch.
  • To fit or furnish with spokes: as, to spoke a wheel.
  • noun 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.
  • noun One of the rounds or rungs of a ladder.
  • noun One of a number of pins or handles jutting from the periphery of the steering-wheel of a vessel.
  • noun 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.
  • Preterit and obsolete past participle of speak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To furnish with spokes, as a wheel.
  • imp. of speak.
  • noun 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.
  • noun (Naut.) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.
  • noun A rung, or round, of a ladder.
  • noun A contrivance for fastening the wheel of a vehicle, to prevent it from turning in going down a hill.
  • noun to thwart or obstruct one in the execution of some design.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past of speak.
  • noun A piece that fits between the axle and the round outside, or rim, of a wheel.
  • verb transitive To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.

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

  • noun support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim
  • noun one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English spāca.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English spaca

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