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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AXIS

At last I heard him revolving on his axis down the corkscrew staircase.

And (b) what proof is there that the axis of the world revolves at all?

For motion is either change of substance, or motion on an axis, or from one place to another.

The motion of the earth round its axis, and round the sun, makes the day, and the year.

The axis of vision is not coincident with the axis of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake.

Izanagi struck his tall spear in the ground making it the axis of the world.

I can halt, for a brief moment only, the whirl of the earth about its axis.

There was a great wheel, which revolved on an axis, like a vertical mill wheel.

Then he turned a laughing face upon them, moving slowly on his axis.

The plate will consequently turn on this axis, as on a hinge.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AXIS

axle

nounshaft around which wheels rotate
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