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

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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

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These vary because of the elliptical shape of Earth’s orbit and its axial tilt. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer is nearly here, which means the days are going to get shorter," 19 June 2019 On Earth, our axial tilt plays a much bigger role in governing our annual seasons than our near-circular orbit. National Geographic, "What is the summer solstice? The answer might surprise you.," 20 June 2019 This exhibit is a tribute to his work and contains not only a number of his pocket watches and wristwatches, but also, the very first wristwatch to ever have a co-axial escapement installed in it. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "The Weird, Wonderful Treasures Inside Europe’s Greatest Watch Museum," 5 Mar. 2018 These tanks are built to withstand the axial force of a vertical launch, but not a crash into the ocean. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Amazingly, SpaceX fails to expend its rocket," 1 Feb. 2018 After that, Pluto’s axial tilt would cause more and more of its surface to be in shadow, making a worthwhile flyby unfeasible for decades to come. Marcia Bartusiak, WSJ, "‘Chasing New Horizons’ and ‘Discovering Pluto’ Reviews: Big Lessons From a Tiny World," 11 May 2018 That watch is none other than a Patek Philippe Nautilus, converted to a co-axial escapement in 1981 at the request of Patek Philippe, by Dr. Daniels. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "The Weird, Wonderful Treasures Inside Europe’s Greatest Watch Museum," 5 Mar. 2018 By contrast, another hypothetical particle, the dark axial vector boson, isn't ruled out by this new measurement. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A physical constant’s value shouldn’t depend on how you measure it," 13 Apr. 2018 Seasons are all about axial tilt, whether the planet in orbit is tilted towards or away from the sun. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Seasons Like on Other Planets?," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of axial

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of axial was circa 1847

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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

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