- an imaginary line through a crystal about which the crystal may be rotated a specified number of degrees and be brought back to its original position.
Compare symmetry element.
Origin of rotation axis
First recorded in 1900–05
Also called axis of symmetry, symmetry axis of rotation.
rotation of axes
- a process of replacing the axes in a Cartesian coordinate system with a new set of axes making a specified angle with and having the same origin as the original axes.
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