axial

adjective
ax·​i·​al | \ ˈak-sē-əl How to pronounce axial (audio) \

Definition of axial

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an axis
2a : 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from axial

axiality \ ˌak-​sē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce axiality (audio) \ noun
axially \ ˈak-​sē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce axially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of axial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead the only noise in this long, flamingo-pink chamber is the whirring of the axial fans dangling from the ceiling. Kate Peters, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Farming Is Inside This Bomb Shelter," 12 Nov. 2020 The neck is a special kind of axial joint that has to move in all different directions, and that lends itself to premature signs of aging and wrinkling. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "These Neck and Décolletage Products Are Worth It," 7 Oct. 2020 Sure, those reference cards offered a big quality-of-life improvement over Vega, but custom Radeon RX 5700 models with axial coolers fared far better. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Goodbye, awful reference coolers: AMD reveals Radeon RX 6000 design with three fans," 14 Sep. 2020 Nvidia moved to a dual-axial design for its older GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards, and now Radeon is doing the same, but one better. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Goodbye, awful reference coolers: AMD reveals Radeon RX 6000 design with three fans," 14 Sep. 2020 Paleontologists from the University of Edinburgh analyzed computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans of more than a dozen fossil skulls to study the vestibular system -- the three looping semicircular canals of the inner ear which control balance. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Deadly ancient crocodiles imitated whales to dominate the oceans," 21 Apr. 2020 Near the poles, the seasonal changes are more extreme, thanks to Earth’s axial tilt. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Daylight Saving Time?," 7 Oct. 2019 By contrast, Nvidia shifted away from a blower-style design to a dual-axial cooler for its GeForce RTX 20-series Founders Edition graphics cards. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD's next-gen Radeon graphics cards will ditch blower coolers," 6 Mar. 2020 The PurSteam iron is designed with axial-aligned vents to ensure the maximum possible amount of vapor and the most ideal heat distribution. Popular Science, "De-wrinkle your clothes with these powerful irons," 27 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'axial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of axial

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about axial

Time Traveler for axial

Time Traveler

The first known use of axial was circa 1847

See more words from the same year

Statistics for axial

Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Axial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/axial. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for axial

axial

adjective
ax·​i·​al | \ ˈak-sē-əl How to pronounce axial (audio) \

Medical Definition of axial

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an axis
2a : 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

More from Merriam-Webster on axial

Britannica English: Translation of axial for Arabic Speakers

Comments on axial

What made you want to look up axial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!