noun, plural ax·es [ak-siz] /ˈæk sɪz/.
- dismissal from employment: to get the ax.
- expulsion from school.
- rejection by a lover, friend, etc.: His girlfriend gave him the ax.
- any usually summary removal or curtailment.
verb (used with object), axed, ax·ing.
Origin of ax
noun, plural ax·es [ak-seez] /ˈæk siz/.
- a central line that bisects a two-dimensional body or figure.
- a line about which a three-dimensional body or figure is symmetrical.
- a central or principal structure, about which something turns or is arranged: the skeletal axis.
- the second cervical vertebra.
Origin of axis1
noun, plural ax·is·es.
Origin of axis2
Related Words for axesshaft, support, stem, hinge, pole, stalk, axle, pivot, spindle, arbor, fire, hatchet, sack, can, discharge, cleaver, poll, tomahawk, chopper, adz
Examples from the Web for axes
Contemporary Examples of axes
At Studio Stagetti, I shot a man with more picks and axes than I have ever seen outside an arctic expedition.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
He kept a series of lamps, some with medieval design, on the floor and axes and swords around the room.A Murder in Detroit’s Sexual Underworld
October 8, 2014
Using those two axes, you gain a broad view but also one that has depth.Lawrence Wright: How I Write
May 22, 2013
She axes the terrible contestants while still soothing them, flashing that sweet J.Lo smile, for the sake of our entertainment.A Love Letter to ‘American Idol’ Judge Nicki Minaj
March 7, 2013
These are just a few of the people who could get the shaft if the Supreme Court axes the Affordable Care Act.Who’s Screwed If Obamacare Gets the Ax?
June 27, 2012
Historical Examples of axes
To run straight, the axes of all the wheels must obviously be parallel.
One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes.The Devil's Dictionary
Every tithing-man in Somersetshire is searching for axes and scythes.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The stranger with the crimson robe pursued, And slaughtered with axes and blades.Y Gododin
The door of the shop was locked and there was a yell for axes to burst it open.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
noun plural axes (ˈæksiːz)
Word Origin for axis
noun plural axises
Word Origin for axis
- the Axisthe alliance of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Japan, established in 1936 and lasting until their defeat in World War II
- (as modifier)the Axis powers
1540s, "imaginary straight line around which a body (such as the Earth) rotates," from Latin axis "axle, pivot, axis of the earth or sky," from PIE *aks- "axis" (cf. Old English eax, Old High German ahsa "axle;" Greek axon "axis, axle, wagon;" Sanskrit aksah "an axle, axis, beam of a balance;" Lithuanian aszis "axle"). Figurative sense in world history of "alliance between Germany and Italy" (later extended unetymologically to include Japan) is from 1936. Original reference was to a "Rome-Berlin axis" in central Europe. The word later was used in reference to a London-Washington axis (World War II) and a Moscow-Peking axis (early Cold War).
see axe (n.).
n. pl. ax•es (ăk′sēz′)
Plural axes (ăk′sēz′)
- A line, ray, or line segment with respect to which a figure or object is symmetrical.
- A reference line from which distances or angles are measured in a coordinate system, such as the x-axis and y-axis in the Cartesian coordinate system.
In addition to the idiom beginning with ax
- ax to grind
- get the ax