Axe

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English

Etymology 1

Old English æx

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Noun

Axe (plural Axes)
  1. 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.
  2. An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.
  3. (informal) A dismissal or rejection.
    His girlfriend/boss/schoolmaster gave him the axe.
    • 1975, Bob Dylan , Tangled Up in Blue
      I had a job in the great North Woods
      Workin' as a cook for a spell.
      But I never did like it all that much
      And one day the axe just fell.
  4. (slang, music) A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.
  5. (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”.[1] Derived from “have an axe to grind”, which is also used.

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Verb

Axe (third-person singular simple present Axes, present participle axing, simple past and past participle axed)

  1. (transitive) To fell or chop with an axe.
  2. (transitive) To terminate or reduce tremendously in a rough or ruthless manner.
    The government announced its plans to axe public spending.
    The broadcaster axed the series because far less people than expected watched it.
  3. (transitive) To lay off: to terminate a person's employment
    He got axed in the last round of firings.

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Etymology 2

Alternative forms

Noun

Axe (plural Axes)
  1. (archaic) The axle of a wheel.

Verb

Axe (third-person singular simple present Axes, present participle axing, simple past and past participle axed)

  1. To furnish with an axle.

Etymology 3

Verb

Axe (third-person singular simple present Axes, present participle axing, simple past and past participle axed)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) Alternative form of ask.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke IIi:
      And the people axed hym, sayinge: What shall we do then.

References

  1. ^ Shedding the correlation ‘axe’, Risk magazine

French

Pronunciation

Noun

Axe m. (plural Axes)

  1. Straight line that crosses the center of a body and around which it turns; axis.
  2. Rod on which a wheel revolves; axle

Interlingua

Noun

Axe (plural Axes)
  1. Straight line that crosses the center of a body and around which it turns.
  2. Bar connecting parallel wheels of a kart, wagon, etc.

Latin

Noun

axe

  1. ablative singular of axis

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