Definition of Axis

1. Noun. A straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions.

Specialized synonyms: Coordinate Axis, Major Axis, Semimajor Axis, Minor Axis, Semiminor Axis, Optic Axis, Principal Axis, Optic Axis
Generic synonyms: Line
Derivative terms: Axial, Axial

2. Noun. The main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged.
Terms within: Stele
Specialized synonyms: Rachis, Spadix
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem

3. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Alignment, Alinement, Alliance, Coalition

4. Noun. A group of countries in special alliance.
Exact synonyms: Bloc
Generic synonyms: Alignment, Alinement, Alliance, Coalition
Specialized synonyms: Scheduled Territories, Sterling Area, Sterling Bloc

5. Noun. The 2nd cervical vertebra; serves as a pivot for turning the head.
Exact synonyms: Axis Vertebra
Generic synonyms: Cervical Vertebra, Neck Bone
Terms within: Odontoid Process

6. Noun. The center around which something rotates.
Exact synonyms: Axis Of Rotation
Generic synonyms: Mechanism
Specialized synonyms: Pin, Pivot, Rotor Head, Rotor Shaft
Derivative terms: Axial

Definition of Axis

1. n. The spotted deer (Cervus axis or Axis maculata) of India, where it is called hog deer and parrah (Moorish name).

2. n. 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.

Definition of Axis

1. Proper noun. The alliance group before and during World War II consisting of Germany, Italy, Japan, and allied countries. ¹

2. Noun. (geometry) An imaginary line around which an object spins (an axis of rotation) or is symmetrically arranged (an axis of symmetry). ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) A fixed one-dimensional figure, such as a line or arc, with an origin and orientation and such that its points are in one-to-one correspondence with a set of numbers; an axis forms part of the basis of a space or is used to position and locate data in a graph (a coordinate axis). ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) The second cervical vertebra of the spine. ¹

5. Noun. ''Axis axis'', a deer native to Asia. ¹

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Definition of Axis

1. a straight line about which a body rotates [n AXES] : AXISED [adj] / an Asian deer [n AXISES]

Medical Definition of Axis

1. A stem, commonly used for the main stem of a whole plant or of an inflorescence. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Axis

axis (current term)
axis-traction forceps
axis bulbi externus
axis bulbi internus
axis corpuscle
axis cylinder
axis deviation
axis fracture
axis lentis
axis ligament of malleus
axis of evil
axis of lens
axis of rotation
axis of symmetry
axis opticus

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