- the axis of an ellipse that is perpendicular to the major axis at a point equidistant from the foci.
Origin of minor axis
First recorded in 1860–65
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The detail of the minor-axis swivel head is shown in Fig. 4.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
- the shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid
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