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
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