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spoke1

[spohk] /spoʊk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of speak.
2.
Nonstandard. a past participle of speak.
3.
Archaic. a past participle of speak.

spoke2

[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 of spoke2
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English spāca; cognate with Dutch speek, German Speiche
Related forms
spokeless, adjective
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  • As the spokes get nearer the centre of the wheel, they get nearer to one another.

    The Calvary Road Roy Hession
  • I seized her hands and placed them on the spokes of the wheel.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then up shot another and another shaft of light, radiating from a point just below the horizon, like the spokes of a wheel.

    Two Gallant Sons of Devon Harry Collingwood
  • Should he have grasped the spokes near the hub, near the rim, or in the middle?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Turn the spokes sharply upward, weave four rows of triple weave and eight rows of plain weave.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
  • There were four "children of Horus" and four spokes to the wheel of the sun.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • The spokes would be 200 or 300 yards long, and resembled the birch rods of the dames' schools.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • It was like the hub of a wheel, only there were not so many passages as there are spokes in most wheels.

  • It comfortably accommodated fifteen or sixteen men, lying feet to the pole, and radiating thence like the spokes of a wheel.

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • Geoffrey shoved hard at the spokes of one of the back wheels.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for spokes

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 spokes

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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