A figure skater performing an axel jump.
Origin of axelafter Axel Paulsen (1865-1938), Norwegian figure skater
Origin of axelAfter Axel, Paulsen (1856–1938), Norwegian figure skater.
- (figure skating) A jump with one (more) and a half turns in the air.
- Common misspelling of axle.
Named after the Norwegian skater Axel R. Paulsen (1885-1939).
- A male given name in quiet use since the 19th century.
From Danish Aksel, first used for the bishop and statesman Absalon Hvide (1128-1201), from biblical Absalom. Some sources suggest that the bishop was originally named Áskell, from Old Norse "god" + "cauldron, helmet", and Absalon was chosen as the nearest-sounding Christian equivalent, leading to the exchange of the middle consonants.