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axle

[ak-suh l] /ˈæk səl/
noun
1.
Machinery. the pin, bar, shaft, or the like, on which or by means of which a wheel or pair of wheels rotates.
2.
the spindle at either end of an axletree.
3.
an axletree.
Origin of axle
900
before 900; Middle English axel, Old English eaxl shoulder, crossbeam (in eaxle-gespann); cognate with Old Frisian ax(e)le, Old Saxon ahsla, Old High German ahsala shoulder (German Achsel), Old Norse ǫxl, Latin āla (< derivative of *akslā)
Related forms
axled, adjective
unaxled, adjective
Can be confused
axel, axle.
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axle

/ˈæksəl/
noun
1.
a bar or shaft on which a wheel, pair of wheels, or other rotating member revolves
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse öxull; related to German Achse; see axis1
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Word Origin and History for axle
n.

"pole or pin upon which a wheel revolves," Middle English axel-, from some combination of Old English eax and Old Norse öxull "axis," both from Proto-Germanic *akhsulaz (cf. Old English eaxl, Old Saxon ahsla, Old High German ahsala, German Achsel "shoulder"), from PIE *aks- "axis" (see axis). Found only in compound axle-tree before 14c.

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axle in Technology
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An early string processing language in which a program consists of an "assertion table" specifying patterns and an "imperative table" specifying replacements.
["AXLE: An Axiomatic Language for String Transformations", K. Cohen et al, CACM 8(11):657-661, Nov 1965].
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