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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, characterized by, or forming an axis.
  • adj. Located on, around, or in the direction of an axis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an axis; of the nature of, or resembling, an axis; around an axis.
  • adj. Belonging to the axis of the body; as, the axial skeleton; or to the axis of any appendage or organ; as, the axial bones.
  • adj. in the same direction as the axis, parallel to the axis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an axis; of the nature of, or resembling, an axis; around an axis.
  • adj. Belonging to the axis of the body; ; or to the axis of any appendage or organ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of an axis.
  • Situated in an axis or in the axis.
  • In anatomy, pertaining to the somatic as distinguished from the membral portions of the body; not appendicular.
  • In geology, forming the axis, central dominating portion, or crest of a mountain-range.
  • Sometimes axal.
  • A nerve running in a special groove on the floor of the main brachial groove and proceeding from the aboral or dorsal nervous system. It sends branches to the muscles of the arms and to the supposed sensory endings in the ectoderm.
  • The projection of the crystallographic axes of a given species, as used, for example, in the drawing of crystals.
  • n. In mathematics, an axial pencil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or attached to the axis
  • adj. situated on or along or in the direction of an axis
  • adj. of or relating to or resembling an axis of rotation

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  • The phrase "axial age" has been used to describe the relatively brief period of time -- roughly 700 years -- when the great religions of the world arose: Hinduism and Buddhism in India; Confucianism a...

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  • The phrase "axial age" has been used to describe the relatively brief period of time -- roughly 700 years -- when the great religions of the world arose: Hinduism and Buddhism in India; Confucianism and Taoism in China; and monotheism in the Middle East.

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  • The period from roughly 900 BC to 200 BC is referred to as an "axial age" because it set the orientation or direction for spirituality for more than two thousand years into the future.

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  • For this reason, these machines are referred to as axial-flow turbines.

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  • But there can be still another kind of axial tilt.

    Space Prison

  • CT scans, previously known as CAT scans (they dropped the word "axial"), are done with machines that look like MRI (magnetic something or other) machines, with your whole body in a wee little tunnel.

    Columnist: Stephen Miller

  • And the question of the Axial Age, and the mysterious resemblance of the modern transition to such 'axial' periods in its explosive discontinuity, almost like a punctuated equilibrium, looms in the background making most sociological thinking inadequate to the task.

    Darwiniana

  • The centrifugal pump design permits rotation of the impeller at lower speeds (RPM) to achieve desired flows compared to other designs such as axial flow pumps.

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  • "The 120-million-year-old specimen is thought to be the oldest example of a developmental anomaly known as axial bifurcation."

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  • By the way, for the theory of evolution it is inexplicable that the axial rotation of three planets Venus, Uranus, and the dwarf planet Pluto is exactly opposite to the axial rotation of all the other planets and the sun.

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  • This is the A in CAT scan. The C is Computerized.

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