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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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The tarry smoke from a smouldering piece of rope at the captain's feet set him off into a violent coughing fit, during which he still clung to the spokes.
The captain spoke quickly, the urgency of a great haste pressing his speech.
He spoke to the men again, and again the throat rumbling and cursing arose, their faces convulsed and animal-like with rage.
Again the crew was called aft, and the captain spoke to them from the break of the poop.
Konig grinned vindictively and turned away, while Captain Davenport leaned against the cabin and for half an hour spoke no word, contenting himself with gazing to leeward with an expression of musing hopelessness on his face.
There was not a sound but that of my footsteps, till the man spoke again.
He walked slowly and his thoughts returning spoke within him with solemn slowness.
He stopped winking though, when Tom spoke, and began grinning like a superannuated monkey.
The chair remained motionless, and spoke not a word.
His admiration of the widow increased as she spoke.
I don't know how it happened, gentlemen--indeed my uncle used to tell me that Tom Smart said he didn't know how it happened either--but somehow or other the palm of Tom's hand fell upon the back of the widow's hand, and remained there while he spoke.
He rather thought it was the latter, though, for it never spoke afterwards.