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[ ak-seez ]SEE DEFINITION OF axes

Synonyms for axes

  • adz
  • chopper
  • hatchet
  • tomahawk
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To run straight, the axes of all the wheels must obviously be parallel.

One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes.

Every tithing-man in Somersetshire is searching for axes and scythes.

The stranger with the crimson robe pursued, And slaughtered with axes and blades.

The door of the shop was locked and there was a yell for axes to burst it open.

On other parts are emblems of the slaughter-house, such as ropes, rings, and axes.

Two of them were armed with axes and the third with a sledge.

He went from that work to the place where the choppers were swinging their axes.

All day axes resounded in the firs, and picks were busy in the gullies.

The finders jumped to the conclusion that the axes had fallen there.


1540s, "imaginary straight line around which a body (such as the Earth) rotates," from Latin axis "axle, pivot, axis of the earth or sky," from PIE *aks- "axis" (cf. Old English eax, Old High German ahsa "axle;" Greek axon "axis, axle, wagon;" Sanskrit aksah "an axle, axis, beam of a balance;" Lithuanian aszis "axle"). Figurative sense in world history of "alliance between Germany and Italy" (later extended unetymologically to include Japan) is from 1936. Original reference was to a "Rome-Berlin axis" in central Europe. The word later was used in reference to a London-Washington axis (World War II) and a Moscow-Peking axis (early Cold War).