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- n. A group of states sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction, originally defined as including Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.
- n. A preferential axis which may have shaped the development of the universe, sometimes abbreviated AOE.
First used by President George W. Bush in the State of the Union Address in 2002 . Possibly from a historical analogy to the German-Italian-Japanese Axis. Extended to astrophysics by João Magueijo in 2005. (Wiktionary)