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spoke

1. a radial member of a wheel, joining the hub to the rim
2. a radial projection from the rim of a wheel, as in a ship's wheel

spoke

[spōk]
(design engineering)
A bar or rod radiating from the center of a wheel.
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You are talking worse than absurdly--you are talking offensively--when you speak of another woman presenting herself here in your place."
"I hope I may be able to come back and recall those pleasant memories once more," I continued; "but as there is some uncertainty about the future, I must take my opportunity when I can get it, and speak to you now.
After a short absence (during which he could be heard to speak in a softened soothing tone) he returned, bearing in his hand a lamp.
And at last I answered, like one defiant: "Yea, I know it, but I will not speak it!"
I had, so to speak, pronounced my own sentence of banishment.
I was anxious, however, that the way might also be opened for me to speak directly to a representative Southern white audience.
"The one chance of getting any information that I can see," he proceeded, "is to speak to Mr.
He listened, then laughed aloud, and said: 'Tell him who sent you that the mouth of Dingaan shall be welcome, and shall speak the words of Dingaan in peace; yet I would that it were the head of Dingaan that came and not his mouth only, for then Axe Groan-Maker would join in our talk--ay, because of one Mopo, whom his brother Chaka murdered, it would also speak with Dingaan.
"We MUST speak of it then: we are not obliged to speak of it now."
"Hear me, Trojans and Achaeans, that I may speak even as I am minded; Jove on his high throne has brought our oaths and covenants to nothing, and foreshadows ill for both of us, till you either take the towers of Troy, or are yourselves vanquished at your ships.
May I ask how it is that one who writes English does not speak it?
He himself did not yet know what he would say, but he began to speak eagerly, occasionally lapsing into French or expressing himself in bookish Russian.