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ax

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noun \ˈaks\
variants: or

axe

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 (see 1dress 6e) or spalling stone

  3. 3 informal a :  removal from office or release from employment :  dismissal —usually used with the <Employees with poor evaluations got the ax.> <Trump quickly gave him the ax [=fired him] for his incompetence. — Laura Petrecca>b :  abrupt elimination or severe reduction of something <Unlimited expense accounts, signing bonuses, and office plants—all are getting the ax [=being cut or eliminated] thanks to corporate cost-cutting measures. — Amanda Hinnant> <No party was brave enough to offend its supporters by [taking an axe to] [=severely reducing] expenditure. — The Economist>

  4. 4 slang :  any of several musical instruments (such 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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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

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ax

verb
variants: or

axe

Definition of ax

axed

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axing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to shape, dress (see 1dress 6e), or trim with an ax <ax stone>b :  to chop, split, or sever with an ax <ax branches from a tree>

  3. 2 informal :  to remove abruptly (as from employment or from a budget) <The TV program was axed from the new schedule.>

Examples of ax in a sentence

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

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

Origin and Etymology of ax

see 1ax


First Known Use: circa 1674


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ax

abbreviation

Definition of ax

  1. 1 axiom

  2. 2 axis


Ax

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biographical name \ˈaks\

Definition of Ax

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



AX Defined for English Language Learners

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ax

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noun \ˈaks\

Definition of ax for English Language Learners

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


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ax

verb

Definition of ax for English Language Learners

  • : to cut or remove (something)

  • : to fire (someone)


AX Defined for Kids

ax

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noun \ˈaks\
variants: or

axe

\ˈaks\

Definition of ax for Students

  1. :  a tool that has a heavy head with a sharp edge fixed to a handle and is used for chopping and splitting wood


Medical Dictionary

ax

abbreviation

Medical Definition of ax

  1. axis



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