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.
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... 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 ...
... In the same year, he 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 ... He supported Catholic Emancipation and spoke in favour of repealing the civil disabilities which applied to Jews he was also a strong supporter of ... In 1820 he was one of the counsel retained by Queen Caroline, and spoke in her defence during her trial before the House of Lords ...
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... Leodes rushed in and caught the knees of Odysseus, and spoke to him in winged words and supplication 'I am at your knees, Odysseus ... is no gratitude for past favors.' Then looking darkly at him spoke resourceful Odysseus 'If you claim to be the diviner among these people, many a time you must have prayed in my palace ... So you cannot escape from sorry destruction.' So he spoke, and in his heavy hand caught up a sword that was lying there on the ground where Agelaos had dropped it when he was killed ...
... 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 ... Equivalently, the law of cosines may be used to first compute the length of the spoke as projected on the wheel's plane (as illustrated in the diagram ...
Famous quotes containing the word spoke:
“A Stranger came to the door at eve,
And he spoke the bridegroom fair.
He bore a green-white stick in his hand,
And, for all burden, care.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
“Speak the speech ... trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it ... I had as lief the town crier had spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say the whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.”
—Oliver Goldsmith (17281774)