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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In mathematics, an axial pencil.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to an axis; of the nature of, or resembling, an axis; around an axis.
  • adjective (Anat.) Belonging to the axis of the body; ; or to the axis of any appendage or organ.
  • adjective (Magnetism) the line taken by the magnetic force in passing from one pole of a horseshoe magnet to the other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective relating to or attached to the axis
  • adjective situated on or along or in the direction of an axis
  • adjective 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 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

  • 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

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

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