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Axis vs. Axe — What's the Difference?

Axis vs. Axe — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Axis and Axe

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Axis

A straight line about which a body or geometric object rotates or may be conceived to rotate.

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.

Axis

An unlimited line, half-line, or line segment serving to orient a space or a geometric object, especially a line about which the object is symmetric.

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

Axis

A reference line from which distances or angles are measured in a coordinate system.
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Axe

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

Axis

A center line to which parts of a structure or body may be referred.

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

Axis

An imaginary line to which elements of a work of art, such as a picture, are referred for measurement or symmetry.

Axe

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

Axis

The second cervical vertebra on which the head turns.

Axe

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

Axis

Any of various central structures, such as the spinal column, or standard abstract lines used as a positional referent.

Axe

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

Axis

(Botany) The main stem or central part about which organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged.

Axe

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

Axis

One of three mutually perpendicular lines that define the orientation of an aircraft, with one being along its direction of travel and the other two being perpendicular to the direction of travel.

Axe

(Slang) A musical instrument, especially a guitar.

Axis

A line through the optical center of a lens that is perpendicular to both its surfaces.

Axe

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

Axis

One of three or four imaginary lines used to define the faces of a crystal and the position of its atoms.

Axe

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

Axis

An alliance of powers, such as nations, to promote mutual interests and policies.

Axe

Variant of ax2.

Axis

Axis The alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936, later including Japan and other nations, that opposed the Allies in World War II.

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.

Axis

(geometry) An imaginary line around which an object spins (an axis of rotation) or is symmetrically arranged (an axis of symmetry).
The Earth rotates once a day on its axis

Axe

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

Axis

(mathematics) A fixed one-dimensional figure, such as a line or arc, with an origin and orientation and such that its points are in one-to-one correspondence with a set of numbers; an axis forms part of the basis of a space or is used to position and locate data in a graph (a coordinate axis)

Axe

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

Axis

(skeleton) The second cervical vertebra of the spine

Axe

(figurative) A drastic reduction or cutback.

Axis

(anatomy) An imaginary, visualized plane separating two morphologically similar parts of an organism

Axe

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

Axis

(psychiatry) A form of classification and descriptions of mental disorders or disabilities used in manuals such as the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

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.

Axis

(botany) The main stem or central part about which organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged

Axe

(archaic) The axle of a wheel.

Axis

(military) An alliance or coalition.

Axe

(transitive) To fell or chop with an axe.

Axis

A deer native to Asia, of species Axis axis.

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.

Axis

The spotted deer (Cervus axis or Axis maculata) of India, where it is called hog deer and parrah (Moorish name).

Axe

To furnish with an axle.

Axis

A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are symmetrically arranged.

Axe

Alternative form of ask

Axis

A straight line with respect to which the different parts of a magnitude are symmetrically arranged; as, the axis of a cylinder, i. e., the axis of a cone, that is, the straight line joining the vertex and the center of the base; the axis of a circle, any straight line passing through the center.

Axe

See Ax, Axman.

Axis

The stem; the central part, or longitudinal support, on which organs or parts are arranged; the central line of any body.

Axe

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

Axis

The second vertebra of the neck, or vertebra dentata.

Axe

Chop or split with an ax;
Axe wood

Axis

One of several imaginary lines, assumed in describing the position of the planes by which a crystal is bounded.

Axe

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

Axis

The primary or secondary central line of any design.

Axis

A straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions

Axis

The center around which something rotates

Axis

The main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged

Axis

In World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations;
The Axis opposed the Allies in World War II

Axis

A group of countries in special alliance

Axis

The 2nd cervical vertebra; serves as a pivot for turning the head

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