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[spohk] /spoʊk/
noun
1.
one of the bars, rods, or rungs radiating from the hub or nave of a wheel and supporting the rim or felloe.
2.
something that resembles the spoke of a wheel.
3.
a handlelike projection from the rim of a wheel, as a ship's steering wheel.
4.
a rung of a ladder.
verb (used with object), spoked, spoking.
5.
to fit or furnish with or as with spokes.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English spāca; cognate with Dutch speek, German Speiche
Related forms
spokeless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spokeless

spoke1

/spəʊk/
verb
1.
the past tense of speak
2.
(archaic or dialect) a past participle of speak

spoke2

/spəʊk/
noun
1.
a radial member of a wheel, joining the hub to the rim
2.
a radial projection from the rim of a wheel, as in a ship's wheel
3.
a rung of a ladder
4.
(Brit) put a spoke in someone's wheel, to thwart someone's plans
verb
5.
(transitive) to equip with or as if with spokes
Word Origin
Old English spāca
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Word Origin and History for spokeless

spoke

n.

(of a wheel), Old English spaca "spoke," related to spicing "large nail," from Proto-Germanic *spaikon (cf. Old Saxon speca, Old Frisian spake, Dutch spaak, Old High German speicha, German speiche "spoke"), probably from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)).

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