- The definition of a spoke is a brace or bar in between the hub and rim of a wheel, or a ladder rung.
An example of a spoke is a rod in a bike wheel.
- Spoke is defined as to equip a wheel with braces or bars between the hub and rim, or to add ladder rungs to a ladder, or to have said something.
- An example of spoke is to add braces between the hub and the rim of a bike.
- An example of spoke is to have given a speech yesterday.
spoke definition by Webster's New World
- any of the braces or bars extending between the hub and the rim of a wheel
- a ladder rung
- any of the grips or handholds fixed along the rim of a ship's steering wheel
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English spaca, akin to German speiche: see spike
spoke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One of the rods or braces connecting the hub and rim of a wheel.
- Nautical One of the handles projecting from the rim of a ship's steering wheel.
- A rod or stick that may be inserted into a wheel to prevent it from turning.
- A rung of a ladder.
- To equip with spokes.
- To impede (a wheel) by inserting a rod.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English spāca.
Variant of speak
- to utter words with the ordinary voice; talk
- to express or communicate opinions, feelings, ideas, etc. by or as by talking: speak in our behalf, actions speak louder than words
- to make a request or reservation (for): usually in the passive voice: a seat not yet spoken for
- to make a speech; deliver an address or lecture; discourse
- to be a spokesman (for)
- to talk with another or others; converse
- to make or give out sound, as a gun firing or a dog barking
Origin: Middle English speken ; from Old English specan, earlier sprecan, akin to German sprechen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sp(h)er(e)-g-, to strew, sprinkle from source spark, Classical Latin spargere, to sprinkle: basic sense “to scatter (words)”
- to express or make known by or as by speaking
- to use or be able to use (a given language) in speaking
- to utter (words) orally
- Archaic to speak to; address
- Archaic to declare or show to be; reveal
- Naut. to hail (a ship)
- speakable adjective