axial

adjective

ax·​i·​al ˈak-sē-əl How to pronounce axial (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an axis
2
a
: situated around, in the direction of, on, or along an axis
b
: extending in a direction essentially perpendicular to the plane of a cyclic structure (as of cyclohexane)
axial hydrogens
compare equatorial
axiality noun
axially adverb

Examples of axial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celeste adds that strong axial alignments bring a sense of order and ground the living spaces within the open floor plan. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 29 May 2024 The frequency can vary slightly due to the geometry of the Earth, moon and sun, as well as the Earth's axial tilt. The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 The axial flux was developed by researchers at Oxford University who started a company called Yasa Motors. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2023 Earth’s seasons result from a variety of factors, including orbit and axial tilt. Gongjie Li, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 An exploded diagram of an axial flux electric motor (left) and a radial flux electric motor (right). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 15 June 2023 Leap Day Leap Day may not seem astronomical, but it’s directly tied to Earth’s daily axial rotation and annual orbital revolution. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2024 Our planet's seasons are determined by Earth's axial tilt, however, not its proximity to the Sun. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2024 In science-speak, this is thanks to its digital motor and an axial flow impeller, which together can push out 13 liters of air per second. Liana Schaffner, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

axis + -al entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of axial was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Axial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/axial. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

axial

adjective
ax·​i·​al ˈak-sē-əl How to pronounce axial (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an axis
2
: situated around, in the direction of, on, or along an axis
axial flowers
axially adverb

Medical Definition

axial

adjective
ax·​i·​al ˈak-sē-əl How to pronounce axial (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an axis
2
a
: situated around, in the direction of, on, or along an axis
b
: extending in a direction essentially perpendicular to the plane of a cyclic structure (as of cyclohexane)
axial hydrogens
compare equatorial

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