- plural of axis1.
- plural of ax or axe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- have an ax to grind, to have a personal or selfish motive: His interest may be sincere, but I suspect he has an ax to grind.
Origin of ax
- the line about which a rotating body, such as the earth, turns.
- 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.
- Botany. the longitudinal support on which organs or parts are arranged; the stem and root; the central line of any body.
- Analytic Geometry. any line used as a fixed reference in conjunction with one or more other references for determining the position of a point or of a series of points forming a curve or a surface.Compare x-axis, y-axis.
- Crystallography. crystallographic axis.
- Aeronautics. any one of three lines defining the attitude of an airplane, one being generally determined by the direction of forward motion and the other two at right angles to it and to each other.
- Fine Arts. an imaginary line, in a given formal structure, about which a form, area, or plane is organized.
- an alliance of two or more nations to coordinate their foreign and military policies, and to draw in with them a group of dependent or supporting powers.
- the Axis, (in World War II) Germany, Italy, and Japan, often with Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
- a principal line of development, movement, direction, etc.
Origin of axis1
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
- the plural of axis 1
- the plural of axe
- a real or imaginary line about which a body, such as an aircraft, can rotate or about which an object, form, composition, or geometrical construction is symmetrical
- one of two or three reference lines used in coordinate geometry to locate a point in a plane or in space
- anatomy the second cervical vertebraCompare atlas (def. 3)
- botany the main central part of a plant, typically consisting of the stem and root, from which secondary branches and other parts develop
- an alliance between a number of states to coordinate their foreign policy
- Also called: principal axis optics the line of symmetry of an optical system, such as the line passing through the centre of a lens
- geology an imaginary line along the crest of an anticline or the trough of a syncline
- crystallog one of three lines passing through the centre of a crystal and used to characterize its symmetry
Word Origin for axis
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for axes
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.).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with axes
In addition to the idiom beginning with ax
- ax to grind
- get the ax