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# polar axis

noun, Mathematics.
1.
the fixed line, usually horizontal, from which the angle made by the radius vector is measured in a polar coordinate system.
Origin of polar axis
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95
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• The polar axis of the earth may be defined as the diameter about which the earth rotates.

Robert Stawell Ball
• Certain of these changes have recently been explained by the discovery of a new and hitherto unnoted movement of the polar axis.

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
• The diameter of the earth in latitude 30° is really about 20 miles longer than the polar axis.

James Y. Simpson
• Mercurial bearings counterbalance the weight of the polar axis in large part.

David Todd
• Perhaps the globe would deviate from her course; perhaps an alteration in her polar axis would take place.

Anonymous
• That the earth revolves round the sun, and rotates on its polar axis, have long been the settled canons of our system.

• Its principle is briefly this: The telescope is, as it were, its own polar axis.

Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
• At his touch of a button the instrument swung over on its polar axis to a new position.

• The same would be the case if the polar axis of one sphere stood precisely at right angles to that of the other.

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
• Thus the wide habitability of the earth is an effect arising from the inclination of its polar axis.

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
British Dictionary definitions for polar axis

## polar axis

noun
1.
the fixed line in a system of polar coordinates from which the polar angle, θ, is measured anticlockwise
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