- axel heiberg,
- axelrod, julius,
- axial angle,
- axial current,
- axial filament
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
Examples from the Web for axes
At Studio Stagetti, I shot a man with more picks and axes than I have ever seen outside an arctic expedition.
He kept a series of lamps, some with medieval design, on the floor and axes and swords around the room.
Using those two axes, you gain a broad view but also one that has depth.
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|Ramin Setoodeh|March 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These are just a few of the people who could get the shaft if the Supreme Court axes the Affordable Care Act.
Some two or three men joined him, and, with their axes and swords, soon had the buffalo in pieces.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
Nothing of the offensive effluvia of the camps; but the woods all fragrant and green and unmangled by the axes of soldiers.Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment|Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
First gangs of men with axes and saws, working in three feet of water, went ahead, cutting down the rank vegetation.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
With a good supply of food on their shoulders, and axes in their belts, they went on merrily.Taking Tales|W.H.G. Kingston
The women were standing up in the wagon with axes in their hands, defending themselves bravely.Dick Onslow|W.H.G. Kingston
noun plural axes (ˈæksiːz)
Word Origin for axis
noun plural axises
Word Origin for axis
- the Axis the 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