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axis

noun [C] (IMAGINARY LINE)    /ˈæk.sɪs/ (plural axes   /ˈæk.siːz/   )
a real or imaginary straight line going through the centre of a object that is spinning , or a line that divides a symmetrical shape into two equal halves : The Earth revolves around the axis that joins the North and South Poles . The diameter of a circle is also an axis.Parts of geometrical shapes a fixed line on a graph used to show the position of a point : Plot distance on the vertical y-axis against time on the horizontal x-axis .Animal anatomy
(Definition of axis noun (IMAGINARY LINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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