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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).]
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(Mechanical Engineering) a bar fixed across the underpart of a wagon or carriage that has rounded ends on which the wheels revolve
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
I woke again at seven o'clock, and by that time the party had assembled, and were gathered round, one light carriage, with a very stout axletree; one something on wheels like an amateur carrier's cart; one double phaeton of great antiquity and unearthly construction; one gig with a great hole in its back and a broken head; and one rider on horseback who was to go on before.
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.
As are the elements, such are the heavens, Even from the moon unto th' empyreal orb, Mutually folded in each other's spheres, And jointly move upon one axletree, Whose termine is term'd the world's wide pole; Nor are the names of Saturn, Mars, or Jupiter Feign'd, but are erring stars.
Fortunately for Ikea, the council's planning team has approved the revised plan which will see customers accessing the overflow through the existing car park, which they get to via the Axletree Way entrance.
Dubbed Axletree, the five-story, 110-residential unit mixed-use building is being developed by Guardian Real Estate Services on a parcel at the corner of Southeast 21st Avenue and Washington Street in the heart of the city.
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.
(2.1-9) 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, 2.3.37-40).
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.