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definition of the word axis

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From Latin axis ("axis", "axle")

Singular
axis

Plural
axes

axis (plural axes)

  1. (geometry) An imaginary line around which an object spins (an axis of rotation) or is symmetrically arranged (an axis of symmetry).
    The Earth rotates once a day on its axis.
  2. (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).
  3. (anatomy) The second cervical vertebra of the spine.


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