See also: spöke
From Middle English spoke, from Old English spāca, from Proto-Germanic *spaikǭ.
spoke (plural spokes)
- A support structure that connects the axle or the hub of a wheel to the rim.
- (nautical) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.
- A rung of a ladder.
- A device for fastening the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from turning when going downhill.
- One of the outlying points in a hub-and-spoke model of transportation.
part of a wheel
spoke (third-person singular simple present spokes, present participle spoking, simple past and past participle spoked)
- (transitive) To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.
- simple past tense of speak
- (archaic or nonstandard) past participle of speak
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene ii], page 366, column 2:
- Cleo. Hye thee againe, / I haue ſpoke already, and it is provided.
- 1741, The London Magazine, and Monthly Chronologer, volume 10, C. Ackers, page 435:
- Thoſe who have ſpoke in its Favour have allowed, that it is defective, with regard to the preſent Circumſtances of Europe, […]
- 2014 May 1, John Barker, Futures: A Novel, PM Press, page 131:
- I should have spoke to him there and then, seen he was in the mood to do something stupid.
From Old English spāca, from Proto-West Germanic *spaikā, from Proto-Germanic *spaikǭ.
spoke (plural spokes or spoken)
- a spoke (support radiating from the middle of a wheel)
- a sharp spike or projection on the edge of a wheel
- “spōk(e, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-06-12.