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ax

noun \ˈaks\

Simple Definition of ax

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

Full Definition of ax

  1. 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. 2 :  a hammer with a sharp edge for dressing or spalling stone

  3. 3 :  abrupt removal (as from employment or from a budget) —sometimes used in the phrase get the ax

  4. 4 :  a musical instrument (as a guitar or a saxophone)

ax to grind
  1. :  an ulterior often selfish underlying purpose <claims that he has no ax to grind in criticizing the proposed law>

Examples of ax

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



Variants of ax

or axe play \ˈaks\

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

Other Hardware Terms

Rhymes with ax


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ax

verb

Simple Definition of ax

  • : to cut or remove (something)

  • : to fire (someone)

Full Definition of ax

axedax·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to shape, dress, or trim with an ax b :  to chop, split, or sever with an ax

  3. 2 :  to remove abruptly (as from employment or from a budget)

Examples of ax

  1. The boss told him that he had been axed.

  2. <the boss will ax anyone who leaks company secrets>



1677

First Known Use of ax

1677

Variants of ax

or axe

3

ax

abbreviation

Definition of ax

  1. 1 axiom

  2. 2 axis




Ax

play
biographical name \ˈaks\

Definition of Ax

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




Medical Dictionary

ax

abbreviation

Medical Definition of ax

  1. axis




ax-

combining form

Medical Definition of ax-

  1. :  axon <axodendritic>



Variants of ax-

or axo-



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