from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To chop or fell with or as if with an ax: axed down the saplings; axed out a foothold in the ice.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of axe.
- v. Alternative spelling of axe.
- v. Alternative form of ask.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also as a weapon of offense.
- To shape or trim with an ax.
- n. An axle; an axis.
- Obsolete or dialectal forms of ask.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. terminate
- v. chop or split with an ax
- n. an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
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.