Axel definition

ăksəl
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(figure skating) A jump with one (more) and a half turns in the air.
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(figure skating) A jump in which the skater takes off from one skate, does one and a half turns in the air, and lands on the other skate, facing in the opposite direction but moving in the same direction.
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A jump in figure skating that is initiated from the outer forward edge of one skate, followed by one and one-half midair turns and a return to the outer backward edge of the other skate.
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Common misspelling of axle.
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A male given name in quiet use since the 19th century.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
axel
Plural:
axels

Origin of axel

  • After Axel Paulsen (1856–1938), Norwegian figure skater

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Named after the Norwegian skater Axel R. Paulsen (1885-1939).

    From Wiktionary