Definitions for axæks; ˈæk sɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

axæks; ˈæk sɪz(n.)(pl.)ax•es

or axe

  1. (n.)a tool with a blade on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. Slang. a jazz instrument, esp. a guitar or saxophone.

    Category: Music and Dance, Status (usage)

  3. the ax, a sudden, peremptory dismissal, as from a job. a usu. summary removal or curtailment.

    Category: Informal

  4. (v.t.)to shape or trim with an ax.

  5. to chop, split, or break open with an ax.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. to dismiss, restrict, or remove, esp. brutally or summarily:

    Congress axed the budget.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for ax:

  1. have an ax to grind,to have a particular personal or selfish motive.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ax:

bef. 1000; OE æx, æces; akin to OHG acc(h)us, a(c)kus, ON øx, ǫx, Go aquizi, L ascia (<*acsiā), Gk axinē


  1. axiom.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ax, axe(verb)

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

  2. axe, ax(verb)

    chop or split with an ax

    "axe wood"

  3. ax, axe(verb)


    "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ax(noun)æks

    a sharp tool for chopping wood

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ax(noun)

    alt. of Axe

  2. Ax

    to ask; to inquire or inquire of


  1. ax

    .ax is the Internet country code top-level domain of the Åland Islands, introduced in 2006. Previously, most Åland websites were under the subdomain.

Translations for ax

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a thin pin on which something turns

I can't turn on the radio any more, because the spindle of the control knob has broken.

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