What does axis mean?

Definitions for axisˈæk sɪs; ˈæk siz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word axis.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. axis(noun)

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

  2. axis(noun)

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

  3. Axis(noun)

    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"

  4. bloc, axis(noun)

    a group of countries in special alliance

  5. axis, axis vertebra(noun)

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

  6. axis, axis of rotation(noun)

    the center around which something rotates


  1. axis(Noun)

    Axis axis, a deer native to Asia.

  2. Axis(ProperNoun)

    The alliance group before and during World War II consisting of Germany, Italy, Japan, and allied countries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Axis(noun)

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

  2. Axis(noun)

    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

  3. Axis(noun)

    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

  4. Axis(noun)

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

  5. Axis(noun)

    the second vertebra of the neck, or vertebra dentata

  6. Axis(noun)

    also used of the body only of the vertebra, which is prolonged anteriorly within the foramen of the first vertebra or atlas, so as to form the odontoid process or peg which serves as a pivot for the atlas and head to turn upon

  7. Axis(noun)

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

  8. Axis(noun)

    the primary or secondary central line of any design

  9. Origin: [L.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Axis

    aks′is, n. the axle, or the line, real or imaginary, on which a body revolves: the straight line about which the parts of a body or system are systematically arranged, or which passes through the centre of all the corresponding parallel sections of it, as of a cylinder, globe, or spheroid. The axis of a curved line is formed by a right line dividing the curve into two symmetrical parts, as in the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola:—pl. Axes (aks′ēz).—adj. Ax′ial.—adv. Ax′ially.—n. Ax′oid, a curve generated by the revolution of a point round an advancing axis.—Axis of a lens, the right line passing through a lens in such a manner as to be perpendicular to both sides of it; Axis of a telescope, a right line which passes through the centres of all the glasses in the tube; Axis of incidence, the line passing through the point of incidence perpendicularly to the refracting surface; Axis of refraction, the continuation of the same line through the refracting medium; Axis of the equator, the polar diameter of the earth, which is also the axis of rotation; Axis of the eye, the right line passing through the centres of the pupil and the crystalline lens. [L. axis; cf. Gr. axōn, Sans. aksha, A.S. eax.]

  2. Axis

    aks′is, n. the hog-deer of India. [L. axis, Pliny's name for an Indian quadruped.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'axis' in Nouns Frequency: #2952


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of axis in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of axis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Louise Bogan:

    I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy

  2. Louise Bogan:

    I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

  3. Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi:

    The biggest effort now is on the western axis. If they collapse on the western axis and our forces reach Golan, you won't hear any more shots inside Falluja.

  4. Ayatullah Khamenei:

    The Islamic Republic is proud to be the target of the rage of the world's greatest Satan. in response to George W. Bush's assertion of Iran as part of an axis of evil

  5. Geoffrey Neighor:

    Who would've thought such a slight tilt in our earthly axis could make such a big difference in our lives The big wheel keeps on turning and here we are again, looking in the sweet face of darkness.

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