axes

1
[ ak-seez ]
/ ˈæk siz /

noun

plural of axis1.

Definition for axes (2 of 5)

axes

2
[ ak-siz ]
/ ˈæk sɪz /

noun

plural of ax or axe.

Definition for axes (3 of 5)

ax

or axe

[ aks ]
/ æks /

noun, plural ax·es [ak-siz] /ˈæk sɪz/.

an instrument with a bladed head on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc.
Jazz Slang. any musical instrument.
the ax, Informal.
  1. dismissal from employment: to get the ax.
  2. expulsion from school.
  3. rejection by a lover, friend, etc.: His girlfriend gave him the ax.
  4. any usually summary removal or curtailment.

verb (used with object), axed, ax·ing.

to shape or trim with an ax.
to chop, split, destroy, break open, etc., with an ax: The firemen had to ax the door to reach the fire.
Informal. to dismiss, restrict, or destroy brutally, as if with an ax: The main office axed those in the field who didn't meet their quota. Congress axed the budget.

Origin of ax

before 1000; Middle English; ax(e), ex(e), Old English æx, æces; akin to Gothic aquizi, Old Norse øx, ǫx, Old High German acc(h)us, a(c)kus (German Axt), Middle High German plural exa < Germanic *akwiz-, akuz-, aksi-*ákəs, áks-; Latin ascia (< *acsiā), Greek axī́nē; < Indo-European *ag-s-

Related forms

ax·like, adjective

Definition for axes (4 of 5)

axis

1
[ ak-sis ]
/ ˈæk sɪs /

noun, plural ax·es [ak-seez] /ˈæk siz/.

Origin of axis

1
First recorded in 1540–50, axis is from the Latin word axis an axletree, axle, axis. See axi-

Related forms

ax·ised [ak-sist] /ˈæk sɪst/, adjectiveun·ax·ised, adjective

Definition for axes (5 of 5)

axis

2
[ ak-sis ]
/ ˈæk sɪs /

noun, plural ax·is·es.

Origin of axis

2
First recorded in 1595–1605, axis is from the Latin word axis a wild animal of India (Pliny)
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British Dictionary definitions for axes (1 of 5)

axes

1
/ (ˈæksiːz) /

noun

the plural of axis 1

British Dictionary definitions for axes (2 of 5)

axes

2
/ (ˈæksɪz) /

noun

the plural of axe

British Dictionary definitions for axes (3 of 5)

axis

1
/ (ˈæksɪs) /

noun plural axes (ˈæksiːz)

Word Origin for axis

C14: from Latin: axletree, earth's axis; related to Greek axōn axis

British Dictionary definitions for axes (4 of 5)

axis

2
/ (ˈæksɪs) /

noun plural axises

any of several S Asian deer of the genus Axis, esp A. axis. They typically have a reddish-brown white-spotted coat and slender antlers

Word Origin for axis

C18: from Latin: Indian wild animal, of uncertain identity

British Dictionary definitions for axes (5 of 5)

Axis

/ (ˈæksɪs) /

noun

  1. the Axis the alliance of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Japan, established in 1936 and lasting until their defeat in World War II
  2. (as modifier)the Axis powers
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Medicine definitions for axes (1 of 2)

ax


abbr.

axis

Medicine definitions for axes (2 of 2)

axis

[ ăksĭs ]

n. pl. ax•es (ăksēz′)

A real or imaginary straight line about which a body or geometric object rotates or may be conceived to rotate.
A center line to which parts of a structure or body may be referred.
The second cervical vertebra.epistropheus vertebra dentata
An artery that divides into many branches at its origin.
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Science definitions for axes

axis

[ ăksĭs ]

Plural axes (ăksēz′)

An imaginary line around which an object rotates. In a rotating sphere, such as the Earth and other planets, the two ends of the axis are called poles. The 23.45° tilt of the Earth's axis with respect to the plane of its orbit around the Sun causes the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to point toward and away from the Sun at different times of the year, creating seasonal patterns of weather and climate. Other planets in the solar system have widely varying tilts to their axes, ranging from near 0° for Mercury to 177° for Venus.
Mathematics
  1. A line, ray, or line segment with respect to which a figure or object is symmetrical.
  2. 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.
Anatomy The second cervical vertebra, which serves as a pivot for the head.
Botany The main stem or central part of a plant or plant part, about which other plant parts, such as branches or leaflets, are arranged.

Related forms

axial adjective
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Culture definitions for axes (1 of 2)

axis


An imaginary straight line passing through the North Pole, the center of the Earth, and the South Pole. The Earth rotates around this axis.

Culture definitions for axes (2 of 2)

axis


In geometry, a straight line about which an object may rotate or that divides an object into symmetrical halves.

Note

The axis of the Earth is an imaginary line drawn through the North Pole and the South Pole.
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Idioms and Phrases with axes

ax


In addition to the idiom beginning with ax

  • ax to grind

also see:

  • get the ax
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