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Axis Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    axis n
  1. a straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions
  2. the center around which something rotates [syn: axis of rotation}]
  3. the main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged
  4. in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations; "the Axis opposed the Allies in World War II"
  5. a group of countries in special alliance [syn: bloc]
  6. the 2nd cervical vertebra; serves as a pivot for turning the head [syn: axis vertebra]
Axis Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Axis \Ax"is\, n. [L.] (Zo["o]l.) The spotted deer (Cervus axis or Axis maculata) of India, where it is called hog deer and parrah (Moorish name).
Axis Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Axis \Ax"is\, n.; pl. Axes. [L. axis axis, axle. See Axle.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are symmetrically arranged.
  1. (Math.) A straight line with respect to which the different parts of a magnitude are symmetrically arranged; as, the axis of a cylinder, i. e., the axis of a cone, that is, the straight line joining the vertex and the center of the base; the axis of a circle, any straight line passing through the center.
  2. (Bot.) The stem; the central part, or longitudinal support, on which organs or parts are arranged; the central line of any body. --Gray.
  3. (Anat.) (a) The second vertebra of the neck, or vertebra dentata}. (b) Also used of the body only of the vertebra, which is prolonged anteriorly within the foramen of the first vertebra or atlas, so as to form the odontoid process or peg which serves as a pivot for the atlas and head to turn upon.
  4. (Crystallog.) One of several imaginary lines, assumed in describing the position of the planes by which a crystal is bounded.
  5. (Fine Arts) The primary or secondary central line of any design. Anticlinal axis (Geol.), a line or ridge from which the strata slope downward on the two opposite sides. Synclinal axis, a line from which the strata slope upward in opposite directions, so as to form a valley. Axis cylinder (Anat.), the neuraxis or essential, central substance of a nerve fiber; -- called also axis band,

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Axis'

  • Axis: Axis may refer to: In mathematics: Axis of rotation , line around which an object rotates. Axis of symmetry , a line that divides a two- ...
  • Axis powers: The Axis powers (German : Achsenmächte, Italian : Potenze dell'Asse, Japanese : Suujikukoku | 枢軸国, also known as the Axis alliance, Axis ...
  • Rotation around a fixed axis: Rotation around a fixed axis is a special case of rotation al motion. The fixed axis hypothesis exclude the possibility of a moving axis, ...
  • Axis (anatomy): In anatomy , the second cervical vertebra (C2) of the spine is named the axis (from Latin axis, "axle") or epistropheus. It forms the ...

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* For Americans war is almost all of the time a nuisance, and military skill is a luxury like Mah-Jongg. But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport. And it is hard to decide which is likely to be the more ominous for the Axis -- an American decision that this is sport, or that it is business. - D. W. Brogan

* The Islamic Republic is proud to be the target of the rage of the world's greatest Satan. in response to George W. Bush's assertion of Iran as part of an axis of evil - Ayatullah Khamenei

* I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy - Louise Bogan

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