axe

Definitions

  • A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment
    A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v axe terminate "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"
    • v axe chop or split with an ax "axe wood"
    • n axe an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Master-Maid with the Glass Axe The Master-Maid with the Glass Axe
How to use the axe How to use the axe
Three little doves were seated on the handle of the axe Three little doves were seated on the handle of the axe

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Keeping Warm With an Axe, is the title of a real how-to book. Click Here For More Details
    • n Axe 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.
    • Axe See Ax Axman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • axe See ax.
    • n axe ax.
    • axe See ax.
    • n axe An English name of a native species of Lobelia, L. urens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Axe aks a well-known tool or instrument for hewing or chopping, usually of iron with a steel edge
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “And where the offence is, let the great axe fall.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.”

Idioms

Axe to grind - If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. In American English, it is 'ax'.
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Get the axe - If you get the axe, you lose your job. ('Get the ax' is the American spelling.)
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Give someone the axe - If you give someone the axe, you terminate their employment or discharge them from an office or position.('Ax' is the American spelling)
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Etymology

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.

Usage

In literature:

When they bought him a axe, it was a great big axe.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
On the first morning of my stay I saw the wood pile, and could not help taking my coat off and lighting into it with the axe.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
Why, an axe that stood there hacking and hewing, all of itself, at the trunk of a fir.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
When all this had been arranged, Norman shouldered the axe, and again walked off into the woods.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Men seized their axes.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
An archaic term for a halbert or hand-axe.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Far up the side of the mountain they could hear the sound of an axe and the noise of falling branches.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
With no other tools than an axe and auger he soon built a sled large and strong enough to carry all their goods.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
She told about the strong spears and axes made to conquer the wild beasts.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
In his hand he held a short, heavy, two-edged axe.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

Little pilgrim,
The Indian's axed your scalp.
Your turkey wattle
Carpet rolls
"Cut" by Sylvia Plath
This is the first thing
I have understood:
Time is the echo of an axe
Within a wood.
"This Is The First Thing" by Philip Larkin
Glave nor dagger mourned he,
Axe nor iron flail:
Evil might not brook to see
Once the Holy Grail.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
We are 'ere met together
ter grind the same old axes
And keep the people in its place
a'payin' us the taxes.
"Song Of The Six Hundred M.P.'S" by Ezra Pound
Behind you, unsuspected,
Have you the axe, fair wench,
Wherewith you once collected
A poll-tax for the French?
"To The Bartholdi Statue" by Ambrose Bierce
To wield the axe or the hammer,
To till the yielding soil,
Enroll me under your banner,
Oh Brotherhood of Toil!
"The News-Boy's Dream of the New Year" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

Duluth Hospital Gives Sugar Drinks the Axe .
Hand- axes recently found in East Africa are more than 1.7 million years old.
When metal replaced stone, axes travelled the world's ancient trade routes, were buried with warriors, used as heraldic symbols and sacrificed in sacred places to gods we've since forgotten.
Man accused of waving axe at McDonald's is indicted in theft of truck.
But Linch could not control the ball and it dropped to the ground as Allen raced home to begin Little Axe 's celebration.
Little Axe 's Frazier struck out 13 and surrendered two hits.
30 jobs axed in Tauranga council cost cutting plan.
Event axed after letter from Ridgeway's family.
Drug-testing for welfare axed from Ohio bill.
After Show Gets Axed , Tearful DJ's Behind Royal Prank Call Say They Are 'Heartbroken'.
Australia radio show axed after nurse's death.
Health chiefs in Ireland have bowed to demands to axe three consultants from a high-level inquiry into the death of a pregnant Indian woman in hospital.
Chief Judge says 'most qualified people got the job' after black juvenile court judges get axed .
Axed Ross Taylor to take break.
Private Sector Axed 742,000 Jobs in March: Report.
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In science:

Note, that grains may align with their longer axes perpendicular or paral lel to magnetic field direction.
Physics of Grain Alignment
To characterize J alignment in grain axes and in respect to magnetic field, the measures QX ≡ hG(θ)i and QJ ≡ hG(β )i are used.
Physics of Grain Alignment
As a result, the Barnett magnetization will precess in body axes and cause paramagnetic relaxation.
Physics of Grain Alignment
However, this perfect coupling was questioned in Lazarian (1994) (henceforth L94), where it was shown that thermal fluctuations within grain material partially randomize the distribution of grain axes in respect to J.
Physics of Grain Alignment
Therefore even if J vectors are well aligned, grain axes, and therefore the direction of polarization of emitted infrared photons, will be substantially randomized.
Physics of Grain Alignment
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