Cross axle


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cross axle (Mach) A shaft, windlass, or roller, worked by levers at opposite ends, as in the copperplate printing press.
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In literature:

The axle, probably square in cross section, turned only at the bearings and wrist pin.
"The Pioneer Steamship Savannah: A Study for a Scale Model" by Howard I. Chapelle
A cross piece of timber uniting the cheeks; generally between the trunnion-holes and the fore axle-tree.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The two cross-beams are fixed to the axle and held together by wooden keys so that they will not separate, and they are twenty-four feet long.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
Incline yourselves, that ye may be crossed; your waves, ye streams, must not reach the axles.
"The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)" by Max Duncker

In poetry:

More dark houses, yet no sign
Of life....And axle's creak and whine....
The splash of hooves, the strain of trace....
Clatter: we cross the market place.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
Roll unmanly over this turning tuft,
O ring of seas, nor sorrow as I shift
From all my mortal lovers with a starboard smile;
Nor when my love lies in the cross-boned drift
Naked among the bow-and-arrow birds
Shall you turn cockwise on a tufted axle.
"Foster The Light" by Dylan Thomas