Definition of Axe

1. Noun. An edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle.

2. Verb. Chop or split with an ax. "They axe the trees"; "Axe wood"
Exact synonyms: Ax
Generic synonyms: Chop, Hack
Derivative terms: Ax

3. Verb. Terminate. "The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it"
Exact synonyms: Ax
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate

Definition of Axe

1. Noun. A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it. ¹

2. Noun. An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle. ¹

3. Noun. (informal) A dismissal or rejection. ¹

4. Noun. (slang music) A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz. ¹

5. Noun. (finance) A directional position or interest, by a dealer in a financial market – if one wishes to unload stock, one is “axed to sell” or “has an axe”.[ Shedding the correlation ‘axe’], Risk magazine Derived from “have an axe to grind”, which is also used. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To fell or chop with an axe. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To terminate or reduce tremendously in a rough or ruthless manner. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To lay off: to terminate a person's employment ¹

9. Noun. (archaic) The axle of a wheel. ¹

10. Verb. To furnish with an axle. ¹

11. Verb. (obsolete or dialectal) (alternative form of ask) ¹

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Definition of Axe

1. to ax [v AXED, AXING, AXES] - See also: ax

Medical Definition of Axe

1. 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. The ancient battle-ax had sometimes a double edge. The word is used adjectively or in combination; as, axhead or ax head; ax helve; ax handle; ax shaft; ax-shaped; axlike. This word was originally spelt with e, axe; and so also was nearly every corresponding word of one syllable: as, flaxe, taxe, waxe, sixe, mixe, pixe, oxe, fluxe, etc. This superfluous e is not dropped; so that, in more than a hundred words ending in x, no one thinks of retaining the e except in axe. Analogy requires its exclusion here. "The spelling ax is better on every ground, of etymology, phonology, and analogy, than axe, which has of late become prevalent." Origin: OE. Ax, axe, AS. Eax, aex, acas; akin to D. Akse, OS. Accus, OHG. Acchus, G. Axt, Icel. Ox, oxi, Sw. Yxe, Dan. Okse, Goth. Aqizi, Gr, L. Ascia; not akin to E. Acute. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Axe

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axe (current term)
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