Radial vs. Axial - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Radial (adjective)

    Arranged like rays that radiate from, or converge to a common centre.

  • Radial (adjective)

    Moving along a radius.

  • Radial (adjective)

    Of, or relating to the radius bone.

  • Radial (adjective)

    Of, or relating to the radius vein, and/or the wing areas next to it.

  • Radial (adjective)

    Developing uniformly on all sides.

  • Radial (noun)

    A radial tire / radial tyre.

  • Axial (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an axis; of the nature of, or resembling, an axis; around an axis.

  • Axial (adjective)

    Belonging to the axis of the body, or to the axis of any appendage or organ

    "the axial skeleton"

    "the axial bones"

  • Axial (adjective)

    In the same direction as the axis, parallel to the axis.

    "The secondary xylem usually consists of axial and radial elements."

  • Axial (noun)

    A primaries and secondaries on some birds.

  • Axial (noun)

    A plane parallel to the surface of a tooth.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Radial (adjective)

    of or arranged like rays or the radii of a circle; diverging in lines from a common centre

    "four mosaics have a radial arrangement"

  • Radial (adjective)

    (of a road or route) running directly from a town or city centre to an outlying district

    "a ring road to which the principal radial roads of London would connect"

  • Radial (adjective)

    denoting a tyre in which the layers of fabric have their cords running at right angles to the circumference of the tyre and the tread is strengthened by further layers round the circumference.

  • Radial (adjective)

    relating to the radius.

  • Radial (noun)

    a radial tyre.

  • Radial (noun)

    a radial road.

  • Radial (noun)

    a supporting ray in a fish's fin.

  • Radial (noun)

    a radial engine.

  • Axial (adjective)

    relating to or forming an axis

    "the main axial road"

  • Axial (adjective)

    around an axis

    "the axial rotation rate of the Earth"

Webster Dictionary

  • Radial (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a radius or ray; consisting of, or like, radii or rays; radiated; as, (Bot.) radial projections; (Zool.) radial vessels or canals; (Anat.) the radial artery.

  • Axial (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an axis; of the nature of, or resembling, an axis; around an axis.

  • Axial (adjective)

    Belonging to the axis of the body; as, the axial skeleton; or to the axis of any appendage or organ; as, the axial bones.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Radial (noun)

    pneumatic tire that has radial-ply casing

  • Radial (adjective)

    relating to or near the radius;

    "the radial aspect of the forearm"

  • Radial (adjective)

    relating to or moving along or having the direction of a radius;

    "radial velocity"

  • Radial (adjective)

    issuing in rays from a common centerXs; relating to rays of light;

    "radial heat"

  • Radial (adjective)

    arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center;

    "radial symmetry"

    "a starlike or stellate arrangement of petals"

    "many cities show a radial pattern of main highways"

  • Axial (adjective)

    of or relating to or resembling an axis of rotation

  • Axial (adjective)

    relating to or attached to the axis;

    "axial angle"

  • Axial (adjective)

    situated on or along or in the direction of an axis

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