Definition of Axis in English :

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Axis meaning in English

Meaning of Axis in English

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1. axis

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

2. axis

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

3. axis

in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations

Example Sentences:
'the Axis opposed the Allies in World War II'

4. axis, bloc

a group of countries in special alliance

5. axis, axis vertebra

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

6. axis, axis of rotation

the center around which something rotates

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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nounWord forms: plural axes (ˈæksiːz )
a real or imaginary line about which a body, such as an aircraft, can rotate or about which an object, form, composition, or geometrical construction is symmetrical
one of two or three reference lines used in coordinate geometry to locate a point in a plane or in space
3. anatomy
the second cervical vertebra
Compare atlas (sense 3)
4. botany
the main central part of a plant, typically consisting of the stem and root, from which secondary branches and other parts develop
an alliance between a number of states to coordinate their foreign policy
6. Also called: principal axis optics
the line of symmetry of an optical system, such as the line passing through the centre of a lens
7. geology
an imaginary line along the crest of an anticline or the trough of a syncline
8. crystallography
one of three lines passing through the centre of a crystal and used to characterize its symmetry
nounWord forms: plural axises
any of several S Asian deer of the genus Axis, esp A. axis. They typically have a reddish-brown white-spotted coat and slender antlers
the Axis

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nounWord forms: plural ˈaxes (ˈækˌsiz ; akˈsēzˌ)
a real or imaginary straight line on which an object rotates or is regarded as rotating
the axis of a planet
a real or imaginary straight line around which the parts of a thing, system, etc. are symmetrically or evenly arranged or composed
the axis of a picture
a main line of motion, development, etc.
an alignment between countries, groups, etc. for promoting their purposes
5.  Aeronautics
any of the three straight lines, perpendicular to each other, passing through the center of gravity of an aircraft, namely the longitudinal axis from nose to tail, the lateral axis from side to side, and the vertical axis from above to below
6.  Anatomy
the second cervical vertebra
any of various axial or central parts
7.  Botany
the main stem of a plant
the central system of a cluster
8.  Geometry
a straight line through the center of a plane figure or solid, esp. one around which the parts are symmetrically arranged
a straight line for measurement or reference, as in a graph
9.  Optics
a straight line through the centers of both surfaces of a lens
a straight line from the object of vision to the fovea of the eye
any of a genus (Axis) of small deer of India and S Asia, with slender, sparsely branched antlers

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of axis
n. pl. ax·es (ăksēz)
1. A straight line about which a body or geometric object rotates or may be conceived to rotate.
2. Mathematics
a. An unlimited line, half-line, or line segment serving to orient a space or a geometric object, especially a line about which the object is symmetric.
b. A reference line from which distances or angles are measured in a coordinate system.
3. A center line to which parts of a structure or body may be referred.
4. An imaginary line to which elements of a work of art, such as a picture, are referred for measurement or symmetry.
5. Anatomy
a. The second cervical vertebra on which the head turns.
b. Any of various central structures, such as the spinal column, or standard abstract lines used as a positional referent.
6. Botany The main stem or central part about which organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged.
7. One of three mutually perpendicular lines that define the orientation of an aircraft, with one being along its direction of travel and the other two being perpendicular to the direction of travel.
8. A line through the optical center of a lens that is perpendicular to both its surfaces.
9. One of three or four imaginary lines used to define the faces of a crystal and the position of its atoms.
a. An alliance of powers, such as nations, to promote mutual interests and policies.
b. Axis The alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936, later including Japan and other nations, that opposed the Allies in World War II.

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