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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.
The wheel hath a piece of timber put to the axletree end and fastened to the end of the saw, which, being turned by the force of the water, hoisteth up and down the saw that it continually eateth in.
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.
Cooper was 29 and as far as she knew as healthy and strong as an axletree.
Dekker again animates remnants of Marlowe, drawing upon both the chronically mobile exploits of Tamburlaine and Mephistopheles' explication to Faustus of the "celestial bodies": "Even from the moon unto the empyreal orb, / Mutually folded in each others' spheres, / And jointly move upon one axletree, / Whose termine is termed the world's wide pole" (1616 text, 2.
Two passed out, one suffered a hand injury and another suffered breathing problems as they queued outside Next branches in Birmingham's Bull Ring, the Fort Shopping Centre and Axletree Way, Wednesbury.
Tonight brings the last chance to catch the enthralling production of Hansel and Gretel staged by the exciting young Operamus company which has captured hearts around the region (Stuart Bathurst School, Axletree Way, Wednesbury, 7.
F'instance, dey's a young nigger gwine ter school in town, en he come out heah de yuther day en `lowed dat de sun stood still en de yeath turnt roun' eve'y day on a kinder axletree.
Not for nothing would one of his North American correspondents describe Hartlib as at 'the Hub of the Axletree of Knowledge'.
Organizations that rely on Axletree's SWIFT Service Bureau can now benefit from greater transparency into their SWIFT transactions through a new partnership between Axway and Axletree.
It follows a burglary at Next in Axletree Way, Wednesbury, overnight on October 7.