• WordNet 3.6
    • v ax terminate "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"
    • v ax chop or split with an ax "axe wood"
    • n ax an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ax.  Shingling Hatchet. , Carpenter's Adze Ax. Shingling Hatchet. , Carpenter's Adze
Example. To cut with an ax Example. To cut with an ax

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler, an ax murderer from New York on August 6, 1890
    • n Ax ăks 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.The ancient battle-ax had sometimes a double edge.
    • v. t. & i Ax ăks To ask; to inquire or inquire of.☞ 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The guillotine was originally called a louisette. Named for Antoine Louis, the French surgeon who invented it. It became known as the guillotine for Joseph Ignace Guillotin, the French physician who advocated it as a more merciful means of execution than the noose or ax.
    • n ax An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also as a weapon of offense. The modern ax consists of a head of iron, with an arching edge of steel, and a helve or handle. The edge is in the plane of the sweep of the tool, thus differing from the adz, in which the edge is at right angles to the plane of the sweep. As a weapon, the ax was in very common use from the earliest times until the general adoption of firearms. It was used by the Egyptians. By the Greeks it was looked upon as a weapon of their own ancestors and of the Asiatic nations, and so figured in works of Greek art. The northern nations who overthrew the Roman empire used many varieties of this weapon, and its use prevailed throughout the middle ages in Europe. A light ax was common among the Arabs and Moors. Axes of various kinds of stone, or entirely of copper or bronze, are found among prehistoric and ancient remains, and in use by barbarous races. See celt.
    • ax To shape or trim with an ax.
    • n ax An axle; an axis.
    • ax Obsolete or dialectal forms of ask.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ax a well-known tool or instrument for hewing or chopping, usually of iron with a steel edge
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  • Robert Osborne
    Robert Osborne
    “America once had the clarity of the pioneer ax.”
  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ax, axe, AS. eax, æx, acas,; akin to D. akse, OS. accus, OHG. acchus, G. axt, Icel. öx, öxi, Sw. yxe, Dan. ökse, Goth. aqizi, Gr. 'axi`nh, L. ascia,; not akin to E. acute,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. æx; L. ascia; Gr. axinē.


In literature:

The thud of the ax echoed across the woods, and Jim, taking care that he had a dark background, went cautiously down hill.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Betty Young, looking about for a weapon, calling for help at the top of her lungs, caught sight of a fireman's ax in a glass case on the wall.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Occasionally a terrific blow with an ax would crack one of the glass helmets.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Flinging his ax into the river he stood erect, breathless, a moment too late.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
His powerful form seems as if it were hewn out with an ax.
"Sielanka: An Idyll" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Dillon raised a hand-ax and took careful aim.
"The Great Drought" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Viggo shouted so that it thundered in the forest, and rushed against the wolves with lifted ax.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
But there was an ax nearer to me than the gun was to him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
I got after his helmet, battle-ax, and family tree, by Jove!
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
From time to time a sodden thud told that he was hacking something to pieces with an ax.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Then bendin cloise daan to mi ear,
He tell'd me 'at aw'd nowt to fear,
An soa aw stop't a bit to hear
What things he'd ax;
But as he spake his teeth rang clear,
Like knick-a-nacks.
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley
'Taint nuthin' like et uster be,
Wid ax, an' hoe, an' plow; dat's changed;
Dar's Bishop Smith wid his D. D.,
Presidin' Elder Reveren' Grange,
An' Madum Sloan, what leas'd de quare.
"Nicknames" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
And the birds sang out so loud and good,
In a symphony so clear
And pure and sweet that the woodman stood
With his ax upraised to hear,
And to shape the words of the tongue unknown
Into a language all his own—
"Liberty" by James Whitcomb Riley
And when Mrs Gillespie entered the room
She said, "Matthew Mahoney, I suppose you want to know your doom.
Well, Matthew, tell your wife to call here to-morrow."
"I'll ax her, my lady, for my heart's full of sorrow."
"The Troubles of Matthew Mahoney" by William Topaz McGonagall
little it is gross Henry has to say.
The King heaved. Pluckt out, the ax-end would
he jab in his sole throat.
As if an end. A baby, the guard may
squire him to his apartments. Weeping & blood
wound round his one friend.
"Dream Song 33: An apple arc'd toward Kleitos; whose great King" by John Berryman
The ax (ye sinners be afraid!)
Has to the copse long since been laid —
Soon from the floor shall the light chaff be blown —
The angel threatens, even now,
The brambles with his sithe to mow,
And then the trash shall to the flames be thrown.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Ax-wielding masked man robs jewelry store.
A masked man smashed a glass jewelry store case with an ax, grabbed merchandise and ran to a waiting car on a nearby freeway onto the freeway in Moreno Valley Tuesday night, sheriff's said.
Ax-wielding masked man robs jewelry store .
British police have released a video hoping to uncover the identities of a bat and ax-wielding motorcycle gang that robbed a jewelry store in a London mall.
Cise had been arrested earlier in July after police said he threatened a person with an ax.
Prosecutors say Arterburn used a battle ax and a knife to kill the 58-year-old Horovitz, of Davenport, on June 19, 2011, at the home Arterburn shared with his mother.
ABC dramas "666 Park Avenue" and " Last Resort " are getting the ax.
Bielema defends decision to ax UW's line coach .
Kelly's Knoxville Concert to Be Broadcast Live on AXS TV.
If you can't make it to R&B superman R. Kelly's Single Ladies Tour concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Tuesday, Dec 4, you'll still be able to see the show live in the comfort of your own home on AXS TV.
One rarely reads a book about Vietnam without hearing the sound of an ax grinding in the background.
Syringe, ax, keys, clothing lost and found.
Malawi unlikely to ax anti-gay laws.
Police were called to the robbery in the Moreno Valley Towngate Center at 9:30 pm, where store employees said a man entered wearing a ski mask and carrying an ax, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez said.
Microsoft today announced a Dynamics AX 2012 ERP incentive program during its virtual launch headlined by CEO Steve Ballmer and Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov.

In science:

The equation of motion for X µ is given by ˙X µ = {X µ , Ha [N a ] + H± [M ]} = N a∂aX µ + M Gµν nν , which is nothing else but the geometrodynamical canonical decomposition with respect to basic vectors (Gµν nν , ∂aX µ ).
A note on topological brane theories
Definition 3.1. κ has the extension property iff for every n and for every A ⊆ Vκ first order definable over Vκ with parameters from Vκ , there is a transitive ser X , and AX ⊆ X such that κ ∈ X and (Vκ , ε, A) ≺n (cid:0)X, ε, AX (cid:1).
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
The dependence of the compact coordinate X − on X 1 in this configuration can be seen easily in the corresponding smooth membrane configuration, where ∂aX − = ˙X i∂aX i as in Eq. (19).
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Z d2σ hηµν ∂aX µ∂aX ν + |∂aX + iq∂ayX |2 + ∂ay∂ay i , For the right-moving fermions, we employ the Green-Schwarz formalism.
Closed String Tachyons in Non-supersymmetric Heterotic Theories
Indeed, if Ax = x, then x = A†x and, therefore, P0 = S †P0 .
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory