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Axis \Ax"is\, n.; pl. Axes. [L. axis axis, axle. See Axle.] 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. 2. (Math.) 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. 3. (Bot.) The stem; the central part, or longitudinal support, on which organs or parts are arranged; the central line of any body. --Gray. 4. (Anat.)

  1. The second vertebra of the neck, or vertebra dentata.

  2. 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.

    5. (Crystallog.) One of several imaginary lines, assumed in describing the position of the planes by which a crystal is bounded.

    6. (Fine Arts) The primary or secondary central line of any design.

    Anticlinal axis (Geol.), a line or ridge from which the strata slope downward on the two opposite sides.

    Synclinal axis, a line from which the strata slope upward in opposite directions, so as to form a valley.

    Axis cylinder (Anat.), the neuraxis or essential, central substance of a nerve fiber; -- called also axis band, axial fiber, and cylinder axis.

    Axis in peritrochio, the wheel and axle, one of the mechanical powers.

    Axis of a curve (Geom.), a straight line which bisects a system of parallel chords of a curve; called a principal axis, when cutting them at right angles, in which case it divides the curve into two symmetrical portions, as in the parabola, which has one such axis, the ellipse, which has two, or the circle, which has an infinite number. The two axes of the ellipse are the major axis and the minor axis, and the two axes of the hyperbola are the transverse axis and the conjugate axis.

    Axis of a lens, the straight line passing through its center and perpendicular to its surfaces.

    Axis of a microscope or Axis of a telescope, the straight line with which coincide the axes of the several lenses which compose it.

    Axes of co["o]rdinates in a plane, two straight lines intersecting each other, to which points are referred for the purpose of determining their relative position: they are either rectangular or oblique.

    Axes of co["o]rdinates in space, the three straight lines in which the co["o]rdinate planes intersect each other.

    Axis of a balance, that line about which it turns.

    Axis of oscillation, of a pendulum, a right line passing through the center about which it vibrates, and perpendicular to the plane of vibration.

    Axis of polarization, the central line around which the prismatic rings or curves are arranged.

    Axis of revolution (Descriptive Geom.), a straight line about which some line or plane is revolved, so that the several points of the line or plane shall describe circles with their centers in the fixed line, and their planes perpendicular to it, the line describing a surface of revolution, and the plane a solid of revolution.

    Axis of symmetry (Geom.), any line in a plane figure which divides the figure into two such parts that one part, when folded over along the axis, shall coincide with the other part.

    Axis of the equator, ecliptic, horizon (or other circle considered with reference to the sphere on which it lies), the diameter of the sphere which is perpendicular to the plane of the circle.

    Axis of the Ionic capital (Arch.), a line passing perpendicularly through the middle of the eye of the volute.

    Neutral axis (Mech.), the line of demarcation between the horizontal elastic forces of tension and compression, exerted by the fibers in any cross section of a girder.

    Optic axis of a crystal, the direction in which a ray of transmitted light suffers no double refraction. All crystals, not of the isometric system, are either uniaxial or biaxial.

    Optic axis, Visual axis (Opt.), the straight line passing through the center of the pupil, and perpendicular to the surface of the eye.

    Radical axis of two circles (Geom.), the straight line perpendicular to the line joining their centers and such that the tangents from any point of it to the two circles shall be equal to each other.

    Spiral axis (Arch.), the axis of a twisted column drawn spirally in order to trace the circumvolutions without.

    Axis of abscissas and Axis of ordinates. See Abscissa.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (plural of ax English) 2 (plural of axe English) Etymology 2

n. (plural of axis English)


See ax

  1. v. chop or split with an ax; "axe wood" [syn: axe]

  2. terminate; "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it" [syn: axe]

  3. [also: axes (pl)]

  1. n. an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle [syn: axe]

  2. [also: axes (pl)]


Axes may refer to:

  • The plural of axe, woodworking hand tool
  • The plural of axis - see Axis (disambiguation)
  • Axes (album), a 2005 rock album by the British band Electrelane
Axes (album)

Axes is the third album by English rock group Electrelane.

For the mostly instrumental album, Electrelane once again returned to Steve Albini's studio in Chicago. In the first recording session for Axes, the band played through the entire album in one take. This reflected the band's desire to have listeners of the album experience the band's live show. Emma Gaze explained the album was recorded "the way we rehearse and practise: we all stand in a circle and it is very relaxed. Our previous recording experiences have been with the bass in one room, the drums in a different room, the two guitarists in a different room and then the vocals are done afterwards. Obviously it works like that because that is how most bands do it. But we just wanted it to sound more live; there is a different kind of energy that comes from playing in the same room." Verity Susman said that "We see the record as a continuous piece of music, not a collection of songs. It also reflects the way we improvise, moving from one idea to the next without a clear break. It’s also how we play live." The album was released on 9 May 2005 to mixed, but generally positive reviews.

The track "Atom's Tomb" appears on the soundtrack to Guy Ritchie's film Revolver, and was also sampled for use in Jeremy Clarkson's review of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-AMG Black Series on the television show Top Gear.

Usage examples of "axes".

The only relief was a pair of crossed golden axes embroidered across his left breast.

He clenched his right hand into a fist above the golden axes on his left breast in the traditional salute of the Axe-Wielders and bowed low before Priam.

Axis bowed slightly to Jayme and Moryson, his right fist clenched over the golden axes on his breast, then he strode from the room, his boot heels clicking sharply on the stone floor.

More men than usual made a prominent display of weapon practice with their axes as the cooks hurried to prepare the evening meal.

All three turned to look for their axes, but the ground was heaving and buckling even more violently and their axes had completely disappeared underneath the loose covering of leaves and pines needles that littered the surface.

For a few heartbeats longer they stood, swords in hand, chests heaving as they fought to recover their breath, watching the ground where their axes had disappeared, hardly able to comprehend what had happened.

Whyso it is saidone day Axemen five thousand strong surrounded the Woods with their axes and tried to cut their way through.

The unspoken thought passed between themwhy had the Woods taken the axes yet let the men live to reach the Keep?

He had recognised the black uniform emblazoned with the twin axes as soon as the man had stepped into the cellar.

Your people have murdered with their axes most of the once great Avarinheim as they once murdered the Icarii and Avar.

Until the attack on Earth Tree Grove few Icarii had met violent deaths over the past thousand years, and none were left alive from the Wars of the Axes to remind the younger generations what it felt like to watch friends and family struck down in the prime of their life by cold steel.

StarDrifter paid more attention to this part of the Song than he had the previous verses, describing in detail both what the Icarii had lost and how they had been unable to counter both the wicked lies of the Seneschal and the axes of the Groundwalkers who rallied to the Brotherhood.

He clenched his fist over the golden axes on his black tunic coat and bowed jerkily from the waist.

Skirting around the lightning net to reach his foe, Kamahl found Talon at the ready, axes swinging in their hypnotic pattern from arm to arm.

Some of them had mutilated their teeth by filing them to a sharp point like those of a shark, and the men were armed with throwing spears and light axes with half-moon-shaped blades.