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Ax vs. Axe — What's the Difference?

Ax vs. Axe — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Ax and Axe

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Ax

Non-standard form of ask
I axed him if he wanted some company
She axed about Mama
I'm axing plenty question

Axe

An axe (sometimes ax in American English; see spelling differences) is an implement that has been used for millennia to shape, split and cut wood, to harvest timber, as a weapon, and as a ceremonial or heraldic symbol. The axe has many forms and specialised uses but generally consists of an axe head with a handle, or helve.

Ax

Variant of axe.

Axe

A tool used for chopping wood, typically of iron with a steel edge and wooden handle
I started swinging the axe at the lumps of driftwood
An axe blade

Ax

Variant of ask.
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Axe

A musical instrument used in popular music or jazz, especially a guitar or (originally) a saxophone.

Ax

(American spelling) axe

Axe

End, cancel, or dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly
2,500 staff were axed as part of a rationalization programme
The company is axing 125 jobs

Ax

Alternative form of ask

Axe

Cut or strike with an axe, especially violently or destructively
The mahogany panelling had been axed

Ax

A tool or instrument of steel, or of iron with a steel edge or blade, for felling trees, chopping and splitting wood, hewing timber, etc. It is wielded by a wooden helve or handle, so fixed in a socket or eye as to be in the same plane with the blade. The broadax, or carpenter's ax, is an ax for hewing timber, made heavier than the chopping ax, and with a broader and thinner blade and a shorter handle.

Axe

A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood.

Ax

To ask; to inquire or inquire of.

Axe

Any of various bladed, handheld implements used as a cutting tool or weapon.

Ax

An edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle

Axe

(Informal) A sudden termination of employment
My colleague got the axe yesterday.

Ax

Chop or split with an ax;
Axe wood

Axe

(Slang) A musical instrument, especially a guitar.

Ax

Terminate;
The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it

Axe

To chop or fell with or as if with an axe
Axed down the saplings.
Axed out a foothold in the ice.

Axe

(Informal) To remove ruthlessly or suddenly
A social program that was axed to effectuate budget cuts.

Axe

Variant of ax2.

Axe

A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it.

Axe

An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.

Axe

(informal) A dismissal or rejection.
His girlfriend/boss/schoolmaster gave him the axe.

Axe

(figurative) A drastic reduction or cutback.

Axe

A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.

Axe

(finance) A position, interest, or reason in buying and selling stock, often with ulterior motives.
A financial dealer has an axe in a stock that his buyers don't know about, giving him an advantage in making the most profit.

Axe

(archaic) The axle of a wheel.

Axe

(transitive) To fell or chop with an axe.

Axe

To lay off, terminate or drastically reduce, especially in a rough or ruthless manner; to cancel.
The government announced its plans to axe public spending.
The broadcaster axed the series because far fewer people than expected watched it.
He got axed in the last round of firings.

Axe

To furnish with an axle.

Axe

Alternative form of ask

Axe

See Ax, Axman.

Axe

An edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle

Axe

Chop or split with an ax;
Axe wood

Axe

Terminate;
The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it

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