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.
- French: rayon
- German: Speiche
- Italian: raggio, (colloquial) razzo
- Portuguese: raio
- Russian: спи́ца
- Spanish: rayo, radio
spoke (spokes, present participle spoking; past and past participle spoked)
- (transitive) To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.
- simple past tense of speak
- (now, colloquial, nonstandard) Past participle of speak
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii], page 366 ↗, column 2:
- Cleo. Hye thee againe, / I haue ſpoke already, and it is provided.