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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
spoke
I.
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
the spokes of a wheel (=the thin metal bars that connect the outer ring of a wheel to the centre, especially on a bicycle wheel)
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
put
▪ That would put a spoke in their wheel.
▪ It's just the oldies trying to put a spoke in our wheel.
▪ But the Supreme Soviet has, at least temporarily, put a spoke in the wheels.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Harper rode up to the man and saw the broken wheel spokes impaled in his belly and groin.
▪ He drew every spoke in the wheels, and the whole affair looked as if it had been instantaneously petrified or arrested.
▪ Her fingers still clung to the spokes, keeping one wheel out of action.
▪ Schyns has re-invented the old idea of a wheel with unbalanced spokes.
▪ Twenty four spokes slide over a fixed cam, so that as they move they change length and unbalance the wheel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spoke

Speak \Speak\, v. i. [imp. Spoke( SpakeArchaic); p. p. Spoken( Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. Speaking.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG. sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[=u]rj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. Spark of fire, Speech.]

  1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak.

    Till at the last spake in this manner.
    --Chaucer.

    Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.
    --1 Sam. iii. 9.

  2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.

    That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak.
    --Boyle.

    An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.
    --Shak.

    During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history.
    --Macaulay.

  3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally.

    Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty.
    --Clarendon.

  4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.

    Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake.
    --Addison.

  5. To give sound; to sound.

    Make all our trumpets speak.
    --Shak.

  6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.

    Thine eye begins to speak.
    --Shak.

    To speak of, to take account of, to make mention of.
    --Robynson (More's Utopia).

    To speak out, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to speak unreservedly.

    To speak well for, to commend; to be favorable to.

    To speak with, to converse with. ``Would you speak with me?''
    --Shak.

    Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter.

Spoke

Speak \Speak\, v. i. [imp. Spoke( SpakeArchaic); p. p. Spoken( Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. Speaking.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG. sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[=u]rj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. Spark of fire, Speech.]

  1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak.

    Till at the last spake in this manner.
    --Chaucer.

    Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.
    --1 Sam. iii. 9.

  2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.

    That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak.
    --Boyle.

    An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.
    --Shak.

    During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history.
    --Macaulay.

  3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally.

    Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty.
    --Clarendon.

  4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.

    Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake.
    --Addison.

  5. To give sound; to sound.

    Make all our trumpets speak.
    --Shak.

  6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.

    Thine eye begins to speak.
    --Shak.

    To speak of, to take account of, to make mention of.
    --Robynson (More's Utopia).

    To speak out, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to speak unreservedly.

    To speak well for, to commend; to be favorable to.

    To speak with, to converse with. ``Would you speak with me?''
    --Shak.

    Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter.

Spoke

Spoke \Spoke\ (sp[=o]k), imp. of Speak.

Spoke

Spoke \Spoke\, n. [OE. spoke, spake, AS. sp[=a]ca; akin to D. speek, LG. speke, OHG. speihha, G. speiche. [root]170. Cf. Spike a nail.]

  1. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to support the rim or felly.

  2. (Naut.) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.

  3. A rung, or round, of a ladder.

  4. A contrivance for fastening the wheel of a vehicle, to prevent it from turning in going down a hill.

    To put a spoke in one's wheel, to thwart or obstruct one in the execution of some design.

Spoke

Spoke \Spoke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spoked (sp[=o]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Spoking.] To furnish with spokes, as a wheel.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
spoke

"radius of a wheel," Old English spaca "spoke of a wheel, radius," related to spicing "large nail," from Proto-Germanic *spaikon (cognates: Old Saxon speca, Old Frisian spake, Dutch spaak, Old High German speicha, German speiche "spoke"), of uncertain origin, probably from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)).

Wiktionary
spoke

Etymology 1 n. 1 A support structure that connects the axle or the hub of a wheel to the rim. 2 (context nautical English) A projecting handle of a steering wheel. 3 A rung of a ladder. 4 A device for fastening the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from turning when going downhill. vb. (context transitive English) To furnish (a wheel) with spokes. Etymology 2

vb. (en-simple pastspeak)

WordNet
speak
  1. v. express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: talk, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise]

  2. exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words" [syn: talk]

  3. use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" [syn: talk]

  4. give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees" [syn: address]

  5. make a characteristic or natural sound; "The drums spoke"

  6. [also: spoken, spoke]

spoke
  1. n. support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim [syn: radius]

  2. one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder [syn: rundle, rung]

spoke

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Wikipedia
Spoke

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 that 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.

Spoke (album)

Spoke is the 1996 debut album of Calexico, an Americana/ indie rock band from Arizona. It was initially released in Germany (Hausmusik label) under the group name Spoke.

Spoke (disambiguation)

A spoke is a rod connecting the hub of a wheel with the traction surface.

Spoke or Spokes may also refer to:

  • Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, a UK cycling campaign organisation
  • Spokes Canterbury, a New Zealand cycling advocacy organisation
  • Spoke (album), a 1997 album by the band Calexico
  • Spokes (album), a 2003 album by Plaid
  • Radial features in the rings of Saturn

Usage examples of "spoke".

His sight, which had troubled him at intervals, became affected, and a celebrated oculist spoke of abnormality, asymetry of the pupils.

It sometimes seemed the abomination spoke from every mouth, watched from all eyes.

The tolling of a distant clock absently spoke the midnight hour, but Cassandra was wide awake as she dreamed, consumed by better days.

Both paths were making absolutely world-shaking discoveries, but discoveries that spoke to each other virtually not at all.

Despite years in the Line Marines he still spoke with the crisp accents of his native Churchill.

Four months after he arrived at Bangkok, at the age of eight, he spoke fluent, accentless Thai.

If Addis spoke lightly of your role, it was only to permit you to refuse with no embarrassment, since in failure your fate will be worse than his.

Stevens spoke on the 18th of December, and Congress had already voted to adjourn on the 21st for the Christmas recess.

All aflush, she looked at him so angrily and spoke with so much spitefulness, that in his astonishment he did not even feel offended by her.

He looked aftward as he spoke, and saw that the other MACOs seemed to be utterly absorbed in some other tale of MACO derring-do.

Aes Sedai who looked like a farmer beneath her agelessness spoke before Dannil could.

Plo Koon and Ki-Adi-Mundi winked out, as Obi-Wan and Agen Kolar rose and spoke together in tones softly grave, as Yoda and Mace Windu walked from the room, Anakin could only sit, sick at heart, stunned with helplessness.

As it transpired, Micheline de Parnasse was abed that day with an ague in the joints, and I spoke to her assistant instead, the Siovalese lordling.

The man was too awkward aiming, but he went instantly graceful when Rambo shot him, smoothly clutching his right shoulder, spinning easily, toppling perfectly over the bicycle next to the tool shed, and then he was awkward again as the bicycle gave way under him and the two jumbled to the ground in a tinny jangle of chain and spokes.

He spoke the words, though, as he turned himself sunwise, murmuring the brief prayer to each of the four airts in turn, and ended facing west, into the setting sun.