wheel and axle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wheel and axle hoist so arranged that a rope unwinding from a wheel is wound onto a cylindrical drum or shaft coaxial with the wheel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1966, Elliot Handler, one of the co-founders of Mattel, Inc. and part of the Barbie doll empire, was the inventor of Hot Wheels®. Handler experimented with axles and rotating wheels being attached to tiny model cars. The innovative gravity-powered car he developed had special low-friction styrene wheels. Hot Wheels® have been clocked at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour.
    • Wheel and axle (Mech) one of the elementary machines or mechanical powers, consisting of a wheel fixed to an axle, and used for raising great weights, by applying the power to the circumference of the wheel, and attaching the weight, by a rope or chain, to that of the axle. Called also axis in peritrochio, and perpetual lever, -- the principle of equilibrium involved being the same as in the lever, while its action is continuous. See Mechanical powers, under Mechanical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wheel and axle one of the mechanical powers, in its primitive form a cylindrical axle, on which a wheel, concentric with the axle, is firmly fastened, the power being applied to the wheel, and the weight attached to the axis
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwéol; Ice. hjól.

Usage

In literature:

The car had struck the brougham a battering-ram blow, crushing a rear wheel and snapping the steel axle at the hub.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
Not without much difficulty did the three youths manage to get the ropes disentangled from the rear wheels and the back axle.
"The Rover Boys in the Air" by Edward Stratemeyer
The captain made the wheels and axles.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
The wheels were rusty on the axles, and they squeaked when Russ tried to turn them.
"Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's" by Laura Lee Hope
The axle and wheels are in the usual place and form.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
When he had knocked this axle out he tried one of the bolts and found that it fitted almost exactly, and that the wheel ran freely upon it.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
For we had not gone far when the coach gave a plunge, and the wheels sank axle-deep in a crab-hole.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
The big axle of the wheel was right between our car and that other one and it hid part of the car.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
At each station a person goes round striking the wheels and axles to see that all is sound.
"A Journey in Russia in 1858" by Robert Heywood
The wheels of the wagon and the axles creaked and then moved forward slowly.
"Young Auctioneers" by Edward Stratemeyer
He gave twelve dollars for jes' the wheels and axle.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Its wheels were of different sizes and projected from the axle at most remarkable angles.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
Down went one forward wheel into a hole and crack went the axle.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
You've only to make a water-wheel, with a straight log, thrown across the falls as axle, and there you are.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
Think of going down to posterity on noiseless wheels and patent axles!
"The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)" by Charles James Lever
Even the bandywala (cart-driver) paints red and white stripes on the wheels and axles.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
A wheel and its axle have hence become types of the sun and the thunderbolt.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
Wheel and Axle, Law of Wheel and Axle.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
The wheel shop is a large building, containing many rows of lathes for the wheels, tyres, and axles, which are nearly all tended by boys.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams
Here wheels and axle turned together precisely like a modern car wheel.
"Stories of Useful Inventions" by Samuel Eagle Foreman
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In poetry:

But first the eldest, christened Hodge,
He greased the dray-wheel axles, so
The super wouldn’t smell the dodge
And couldn’t let the Squatter know.
"The Squatter, Three Cornstalks, and the Well" by Henry Lawson
When I came to myself I was down the bank,
Half-a-yard from my head lay a waggon wheel,
With its axle twisted and bent like a crank,
But no hurt was upon me that I could feel.
"Rid of His Engine" by Alexander Anderson
Naught but myself; nor form nor figure waking
The long hushed level and stark shining waste;
Naught but myself, that cry, and the dull shaking
Of wheel and axle, stopped in breathless haste!
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte
Above the town a monstrous wheel is turning,
With glowing spokes of red,
Low in the west its fiery axle burning;
And, lost amid the spaces overhead,
A vague white moth, the moon, is fluttering.
"Sunset In The City" by Richard Le Gallienne
Great guns were gleaming there, living things seeming there,
Cloaked in their tar-cloths, upmouthed to the night;
Wheels wet and yellow from axle to felloe,
Throats blank of sound, but prophetic to sight.
"The Going Of The Battery [Wive's Lament November 2nd 1899]" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Webb Wheel has introduced the Vortex Unlimited, a cast brake drum now available for popular steer, drive, and trailer axle applications.
Webb Wheel has introduced the Vortex Unlimited, a cast brake drum now available for the most popular steer, drive and trailer axle applications.
This model has all the hallmarks of a mid-1970s AMT car kit: one-piece chassis with suspension molded on, metal axles that allow the wheels to turn, a simplified interior, and a chrome-plated fret.
42" High -46" Wide - Dump angle of 30 degrees -55" Long at top and 20" at the bottom -Dual Castor wheels with pivoting walking axle.
The frame-mounting bolts and wheel-axle bolts can be loose on new skates.
Experts, historians go to work analyzing a wheel, axle and part of the undercarriage of a cart found under Echo Park Lake.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said just before midnight Tuesday 70-year-old Wilma Journell fell asleep at the wheel, drifted left and struck the rear axle of an on-coming semi.
See how we beef up the axles with Spidertrax axles , CTM u-joints and more in this month's issue of 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine.
Stock axles work great within factory parameters, but when you throw power-adders, larger tires, and extreme wheeling into the mix, stock axles can buckle under the pressure.
Take from the Z06 one engine, driveline, rear axle, optional Magnetic Ride Control, optional carbon fiber hood and fenders, mix with ZR-1's rear spoiler and lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 rubber.
Around this time last year, Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman were cruising around Santa Fe in an ex-Hostess delivery truck refashioned into a gallery on wheels, Axle Contemporary.
The 2.5- to 3-ton 420 nine-wheel pneumatic roller features a pivoting front axle that allows tire pairs to oscillate and eliminates floating over low spots during compaction.
After securely blocking the front tires, place the rear axle on jackstands and pop off the rear tires and wheels.
40-degree wheel cut with 425/65R22.5 floatation tires and wide-track axles for great maneuverability.
Sleipner's innovative system for transporting tracked excavators in open-pit mines and quarries is essentially a dolly system consisting of ramps with axles and large wheels.
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