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minor axis

noun Mathematics.
  1. the axis of an ellipse that is perpendicular to the major axis at a point equidistant from the foci.
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Origin of minor axis

First recorded in 1860–65
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Historical Examples

  • The detail of the minor-axis swivel head is shown in Fig. 4.

    The Boy Mechanic, Book 2


British Dictionary definitions for minor axis

minor axis

  1. the shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid
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