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Definitions for axis
ˈæk sɪs; ˈæk sizax·is

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. axisnoun

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

  2. axisnoun

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

  3. Axisnoun

    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, axisnoun

    a group of countries in special alliance

  5. axis, axis vertebranoun

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

  6. axis, axis of rotationnoun

    the center around which something rotates


  1. axisnoun

    Axis axis, a deer native to Asia.

  2. Axisnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Axisnoun

    The line real or imaginary that passes through any thing, on which it may revolve.

    Etymology: axis, Lat.

    But since they say our earth, from morn to morn,
    On its own axis is oblig’d to turn;
    That swift rotation must disperse in air
    All things which on the rapid orb appear. Richard Blackmore.

    It might annually have compassed the sun, and yet never have once turned upon its axis. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    On their own axis as the planets run,
    And make at once their circle round the sun;
    So two consistent motions act the soul,
    And one regards itself, and one the whole. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, epist. iii. l. 313.


  1. Axis

    Axis is the first track from the Pet Shop Boys album Electric, released as a promotional single on 30 April 2013.


  1. axis

    An axis is an imaginary line about which a body, such as an object, planet, or geometric figure, rotates or is symmetrically arranged. In mathematics, it refers to a fixed reference line for the measurement of coordinates. In other contexts, it can refer to a central point or principle around which something revolves or depends.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Axisnoun

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

  2. Axisnoun

    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. Axisnoun

    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. Axisnoun

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

  5. Axisnoun

    the second vertebra of the neck, or vertebra dentata

  6. Axisnoun

    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. Axisnoun

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

  8. Axisnoun

    the primary or secondary central line of any design

  9. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. axis

    The imaginary line upon which a planet revolves, the extremities of which are termed the poles,--therefore a line joining the north and south poles. The real or imaginary line that passes through the centre of any cylindrical or spherical body on which it may revolve. Also a right line proceeding from the vertex of a cone to the middle of its base. Also, an imaginary right line passing through the middle of a ship perpendicularly to its base, and equally distant from its sides;--an imaginary line passing through the centre of a gun's bore, parallel with its position.--Axis of a telescope. (See COLLIMATION, LINE OF.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. axis

    A straight line, real or imaginary, about which a body revolves is called the axis of rotation. In gunnery, the axis of the piece is the central line of the bore of the gun.

Editors Contribution

  1. axis

    A straight line.

    The axis is perpendicular to the body.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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  1. Axis

    a small process at base of elytron, upon which it turns.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of axis in a Sentence

  1. Dennis McCarthy:

    If you're a really good passer in football, you line up the axis of rotation with the axis of symmetry of the football, and it doesn't wobble.

  2. 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

  3. Jennifer Leighdon Wu:

    There are a lot of hormones that come into play at the time of puberty, and taking up smoking before the age of 13 may affect that hormonal axis, this could be why these young girls have a lot of pain when they get their period.

  4. Rafael Poveda:

    We have made the decision that mining constitutes a central axis of our development plans, we want mining to constitute the axis which will allow us to improve living conditions for communities and 15 million Ecuadorians.

  5. 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!

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. blistering
    • B. dependable
    • C. handsome
    • D. busy

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