A spoke is one of some number of rods radiating from the center of a wheel (the hub where the axle connects), connecting the hub with the round traction surface.

The term originally referred to portions of a log which had been split lengthwise into four or six sections. The radial members of a wagon wheel were made by carving a spoke (from a log) into their finished shape. A spokeshave is a tool originally developed for this purpose. Eventually, the term spoke was more commonly applied to the finished product of the wheelwright's work, than to the materials he used.

Read more about Spoke:  History, Construction, Spoke Length

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Spoke Length - Derivation
... The spoke length formula computes the length of the space diagonal of an imaginary rectangular box ... The spoke through the top hole is now a diagonal of the imaginary box ... may be used to first compute the length of the spoke as projected on the wheel's plane (as illustrated in the diagram), followed by an application of the ...
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Sexual Identity Therapy - Endorsements
... Gay psychologist Lee Beckstead spoke about his "middle-ground" approach to working with those in conflict with their sexual orientation and religion ... He spoke about his approach along with others who spoke about Sexual Identity Therapy at an APA conference ...
Spoke (disambiguation)
... A spoke is a rod connecting the hub of a wheel with the traction surface ... Spoke or Spokes may also refer to Spoke (website), a business networking service Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, a UK cycling campaign organisation Spokes ...
Stephen Lushington (judge) - Career
... entered Parliament as Whig member for Great Yarmouth, and he spoke in the Commons in favour of the bill to abolish the slave trade in February 1807, and remained a lifelong advocate of the anti-slavery cause ... He supported Catholic Emancipation and spoke in favour of repealing the civil disabilities which applied to Jews he was also a strong supporter of ... counsel retained by Queen Caroline, and spoke in her defence during her trial before the House of Lords ...

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