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1ax

noun \ˈaks\

: a tool that has a heavy metal blade and a long handle and that is used for chopping wood

Full Definition of AX

1
:  a cutting tool that consists of a heavy edged head fixed to a handle with the edge parallel to the handle and that is used especially for felling trees and chopping and splitting wood
2
:  a hammer with a sharp edge for dressing or spalling stone
3
:  abrupt removal (as from employment or from a budget) —sometimes used in the phrase get the ax
4
:  a musical instrument (as a guitar or a saxophone)
ax to grind
:  an ulterior often selfish underlying purpose <claims that he has no ax to grind in criticizing the proposed law>

Variants of AX

ax or axe \ˈaks\

Examples of AX

  1. <the company was hemorrhaging money, so 700 employees would soon be given the ax>

Origin of AX

Middle English, from Old English æcs; akin to Old High German ackus ax, Latin ascia, Greek axinē
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to AX

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

Rhymes with AX

2ax

verb

: to cut or remove (something)

: to fire (someone)

axedax·ing

Full Definition of AX

transitive verb
1
a :  to shape, dress, or trim with an ax
b :  to chop, split, or sever with an ax
2
:  to remove abruptly (as from employment or from a budget)

Variants of AX

ax or axe

Examples of AX

  1. The boss told him that he had been axed.
  2. <the boss will ax anyone who leaks company secrets>

First Known Use of AX

1677

3ax

abbreviation

Definition of AX

1
axiom
2
axis

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism

Ax

biographical name \ˈaks\

Definition of AX

Emanuel 1949– Am. (Ukrainian-born of Polish parents) pianist

ax

abbreviation    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AX

axis

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