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Definition of Axis


  1. The spotted deer (Cervus axis or Axis maculata) of India, where it is called hog deer and parrah (Moorish name).
  2. 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.
  3. A straight line with respect to which the different parts of a magnitude are symmetrically arranged; as, the axis of a cylinder, i. e., the axis of a cone, that is, the straight line joining the vertex and the center of the base; the axis of a circle, any straight line passing through the center.
  4. The stem; the central part, or longitudinal support, on which organs or parts are arranged; the central line of any body.
  5. The second vertebra of the neck, or vertebra dentata.
  6. Also used of the body only of the vertebra, which is prolonged anteriorly within the foramen of the first vertebra or atlas, so as to form the odontoid process or peg which serves as a pivot for the atlas and head to turn upon.
  7. One of several imaginary lines, assumed in describing the position of the planes by which a crystal is bounded.
  8. The primary or secondary central line of any design.

Axis Quotations

Because we were orbiting the earth faster than earth spins on its axis, we went around the earth 16 times a day, an earth day, which meant 16 periods of lightness and 16 periods of darkness in 24 hours. Every so often you'd look towards the earth, and often you could see lightness and darkness together, and dawn and sunset were spectacular.
Helen Sharman

Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders, one of a group that includes antisocial, dependent, histrionic, avoidant and borderline personalities. But by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst, if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless.
Jeffrey Kluger

Because of the revolution of the Earth upon its axis, a new degree of the zodiac rises every four minutes, and thus even the horoscopes of twins may differ considerably.
Max Heindel

We awoke one morning in September, and the world lurched on its axis.
Jeb Bush

Each black hole spins on its axis like the Earth spins. That spin creates two vortexes of twisting space, somewhat like vortexes in a bathtub or a whirlpool.
Kip Thorne
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Axis Translations

axis in Danish is aksel
axis in Dutch is spil, as
axis in French is axe
axis in German is Achse {f}
axis in Italian is asse
axis in Norwegian is aksel
axis in Portuguese is linha central, eixo
axis in Spanish is eje
axis in Swedish is axel
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