Definitions for axisˈæk sɪs; ˈæk siz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ax•isˈæk sɪs; ˈæk siz(n.)(pl.)ax•es

  1. the line about which a rotating body, such as the earth, turns.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. a central line that bisects a two-dimensional body or figure. a line about which a three-dimensional body or figure is symmetrical. any line used as a fixed reference for determining the position of a point or series of points, as the x- or y-axis in a system of Cartesian coordinates.

    Category: Math, Anatomy

  3. Anat. a central or principal structure about which something turns or is arranged: the second cervical vertebra.

    the skeletal axis.

    Category: Anatomy

  4. Bot. the main support of a plant; the stem and root. the main support of an inflorescence.

    Category: Botany

  5. an imaginary line, in a given formal structure, about which a form, area, or plane is organized.

    Category: Fine Arts

  6. the Axis, (in World War II) the nations that fought against the Allies: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others.

    Category: Government

  7. an alliance of two or more nations to coordinate their foreign and military policies.

  8. a principal line of development, movement, etc.

Origin of axis:

1540–50; < L axis an axletree, axle, axis; Gk áxōn, Sktákṣas

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

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Translations for axis

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the real or imaginary line on which a thing turns (as the axis of the earth, from North Pole to South Pole, around which the earth turns).

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