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 axis
Contemporary Examples of axis
This could shift global media decision-making from its familiar New York-Los Angeles axis to the Bay Area.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
For Reagan the “evil empire” was the Soviet Union; for George W. Bush, there was an “axis of Evil.”How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us
August 29, 2014
Seasons on Earth and Titan are both due to the tilt of their axis—the way the North Pole faces—relative to their orbit.A Cloud Forms Over Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Matthew R. Francis
August 17, 2014
The mullahs, the Israeli lobbyists, and preachers against the Axis of Evil will go wild.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East
Leslie H. Gelb
July 16, 2014
Harold's unquenchable desire, the axis mundi of his existence.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Historical Examples of axis
At last I heard him revolving on his axis down the corkscrew staircase.Wilfrid Cumbermede
And (b) what proof is there that the axis of the world revolves at all?Timaeus
For motion is either change of substance, or motion on an axis, or from one place to another.Parmenides
The motion of the earth round its axis, and round the sun, makes the day, and the year.
The axis of vision is not coincident with the axis of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake.
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).
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.