A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

AXLE

Mon, 23 May '22
Rod through two wheels
Tue, 19 Apr '22
Rod between wheels
Fri, 18 Feb '22
Toll unit, at times
Wed, 29 Sep '21
It's in heavy rotation on the highway
Sun, 9 May '21
Part of a drivetrain
Mon, 1 Mar '21
One of several on a tractor-trailer
Thu, 25 Feb '21
Turning point
Mon, 22 Feb '21
What a wheel connects to