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Meaning of AX

Pronunciation:  aks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
  2. [v]  terminate, as of a project or a program; "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"
  3. [v]  chop or split with an ax, as of wood

AX is a 2 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: axe, axe, axe
 See Also: ax handle, ax head, axe handle, axe head, blade, broadax, broadaxe, chop, common ax, common axe, Dayton ax, Dayton axe, double-bitted ax, double-bitted axe, edge tool, end, fireman's ax, fireman's axe, hack, haft, hatchet, helve, ice ax, ice axe, piolet, poleax, poleaxe, terminate, Western ax, Western axe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ax\, Axe \Axe\,, n. [OE. ax, axe, AS. eax, [ae]x, acas; akin
    to D. akse, OS. accus, OHG. acchus, G. axt, Icel. ["o]x,
    ["o]xi, Sw. yxe, Dan. ["o]kse, Goth. aqizi, Gr. ?, L. ascia;
    not akin to E. acute.]
    A tool or instrument of steel, or of iron with a steel edge
    or blade, for felling trees, chopping and splitting wood,
    hewing timber, etc. It is wielded by a wooden helve or
    handle, so fixed in a socket or eye as to be in the same
    plane with the blade. The broadax, or carpenter's ax, is an
    ax for hewing timber, made heavier than the chopping ax, and
    with a broader and thinner blade and a shorter handle.
    Note: The ancient battle-ax had sometimes a double edge.
    Note: The word is used adjectively or in combination; as,
          axhead or ax head; ax helve; ax handle; ax shaft;
          ax-shaped; axlike.
    Note: This word was originally spelt with e, axe; and so also
          was nearly every corresponding word of one syllable:
          as, flaxe, taxe, waxe, sixe, mixe, pixe, oxe, fluxe,
          etc. This superfluous e is not dropped; so that, in
          more than a hundred words ending in x, no one thinks of
          retaining the e except in axe. Analogy requires its
          exclusion here.
    Note: ``The spelling ax is better on every ground, of
          etymology, phonology, and analogy, than axe, which has
          of late become prevalent.'' --New English Dict.
  2. \Ax\, v. t. & i. [OE. axien and asken. See {Ask}.]
    To ask; to inquire or inquire of.
    Note: This word is from Saxon, and is as old as the English
          language. Formerly it was in good use, but now is
          regarded as a vulgarism. It is still dialectic in
          England, and is sometimes heard among the uneducated in
          the United States. ``And Pilate axide him, Art thou
          king of Jewis?'' ``Or if he axea fish.'' --Wyclif.
          'bdThe king axed after your Grace's welfare.'' --Pegge.
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