- Enter a word for the dictionary definition.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Axle box \Ax"le box`\ 1. A bushing in the hub of a wheel, through which the axle passes. [1913 Webster] 2. The journal box of a rotating axle, especially a railway axle. [1913 Webster] Note: In railway construction, the axle guard, or pedestal, with the superincumbent weight, rests on the top of the box (usually with a spring intervening), and holds it in place by flanges. The box rests upon the journal bearing and key, which intervene between the inner top of the box and the axle. [1913 Webster]