- 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.
- any of the braces or bars extending between the hub and the rim of a wheel
- any of the grips or handholds projecting from the rim of a ship's steering wheel
Origin of spokeMiddle English from Old English spaca, akin to German speiche: see spike
transitive verbspoked, spok′ing
- 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.
transitive verbspoked, spok·ing, spokes
- To equip with spokes.
- To impede (a wheel) by inserting a rod.
Origin of spokeMiddle English from Old English spāca
- Past tense of speak
- Archaic A past participle of speak
(third-person singular simple present spokes, present participle spoking, simple past and past participle spoked)
- To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.
Old English spaca
- Simple past tense of speak.