minor axis

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

Origin of minor axis

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby minor axis

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How to use minor axis in a sentence

  • Draw the line a b, the major axis, and at a right angle to it the line c d, the minor axis of the figure.

  • Its form is that of an ellipsoid, with a major axis 26 millimetres in length, while the minor axis measures 11 millimetres.

    More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
  • The marks D D, therefore, indicate the distance across the minor axis in Fig. 113.

  • Two small apiculi are inserted at about one-fifth the radius from the border near the ends of the minor axis.

  • The arches which stood at the extremities of the minor axis were the approaches to the imperial pavilions.

    Old Rome | Robert Burn

British Dictionary definitions for minor axis

minor axis

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

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