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A crossbar or rod supporting a vehicle, such as a cart, that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve.

[Blend of Middle English axel, axle; see axle, and Middle English axtre, axletree (ax from Old English eax + tre, tree; see tree).]


(Mechanical Engineering) a bar fixed across the underpart of a wagon or carriage that has rounded ends on which the wheels revolve


(ˈæk səlˌtri)

a bar, fixed crosswise under an animal-drawn vehicle, with a rounded spindle at each end upon which a wheel rotates.
[1250–1300; compare Old Norse ǫxultrē]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.axletree - a dead axle on a carriage or wagon that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolveaxletree - a dead axle on a carriage or wagon that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve
axle bar - an iron bar that serves as an axletree
carriage, equipage, rig - a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
cart - a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
dead axle - an axle that carries a wheel but without power to drive it
waggon, wagon - any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor
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Now it was only half over the wheels, now it hid the axletree, and now the coach sank down in it almost to the windows.
Whitcomb in town with my cart - Axletree failed - paid 2 dollars for a new one and made out of Town between 9 and 10 at evening - went on with Whitcomb to Waltham - put up at Bird's - Abundance of evil in ye world -
They fled in a silver Vauxhall Vectra, the same vehicle that would be used in a raid at PC World in Axletree Way, Wednesbury, six days later.
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He knows what happens when an axletree breaks or when a team of straining horses tumbles into a river.
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200 YEARS AGO: As the Duke of Portland was returning home on Sunday afternoon from the Marquis of Bute's in Hill Street the axletree of his carriage broke, and the hind wheel coming of it turned opposite.