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.
- axis deer,
- axis deviation,
- axis of abscissas,
- axis of evil,
- axis of ordinates
Origin of axis1
noun, plural ax·is·es.
Origin of axis2
Examples from the Web for 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|Joel Kotkin|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Reagan the “evil empire” was the Soviet Union; for George W. Bush, there was an “axis of Evil.”
Seasons on Earth and Titan are both due to the tilt of their axis—the way the North Pole faces—relative to their orbit.
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|DAILY BEAST
Harold's unquenchable desire, the axis mundi of his existence.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An axillary flower stands between the bract or leaf which subtends it and the axis or stem which bears this bract or leaf.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
Angle of Incidence, Rigger's—The angle the chord of a surface makes with a line parallel to the axis of the propeller.The Aeroplane Speaks|H. Barber
But although tridactyl, the axis of the limb passes through the fourth digit.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
The atlas is small and ring-like, and its centrum is fused with the axis forming the odontoid process.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
So far as we can at present see, the axis of the building corresponds to the axis of the dromos leading to Hatshepsts temple.Five Years' Explorations at Thebes|George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Carnarvon
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.