American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood.
- n. Any of various bladed, hand-held implements used as a cutting tool or weapon.
- n. Informal A sudden termination of employment: My colleague got the ax yesterday.
- n. Slang A musical instrument, especially a guitar.
- v. To chop or fell with or as if with an ax: axed down the saplings; axed out a foothold in the ice.
- v. Informal To remove ruthlessly or suddenly: a social program that was axed to effectuate budget cuts.
- idiom. ax to grind A selfish or ulterior aim: He claimed to be disinterested, but I knew he had an ax to grind.
- v. Nonstandard Variant of ask.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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
- To shape or trim with an ax.
- n. An axle; an axis.
- Obsolete or dialectal forms of ask.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- v. To ask; to inquire or inquire of.
- v. terminate.
- v. chop or split with an ax
- n. an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
- Old English acsian, showing metathesis from ascian. The regular literary form until circa 1600. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English æx. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I like most of the Gerber products i've used, for the money. this ax is no different.”
“The moment I get up, grab the fire ax from the wall and begin hacking away, then I've killed someone.”
“And make no mistake, the ax is being sharpened even as I write this, and the Republican majority in the new House will be looking for chances to swing it.”
“Not saying misery loves company, but the ax is falling rather indiscriminately this year.”
“Grace said ... you need a freakin 'ax for that sucker! meanwhile, you said the magic word -- chipotle. i love it.”
“And that ax is what the guards and the Germans feared.”
“The chef who got the ax was the one who hadn't a clue what to do with the grasshoppers.”
“All the weight of arm and shoulder was behind the throw, and the ax was a streak of silver in the dim moon.”
“The monumental New English Dictionary upon which the Concise Oxford is chiefly based shows many silent concessions, and quite as many open yieldingsfor example, in the case of ax, which is admitted to be better than axe on every ground.”
“Wall, then, see thet it hain't shooken up too much er gittin 'mashed under the ax," were the parting words from Sary, as she shifted the short ax, which is an important item in every outfit.”
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