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axisnoun [C]

 us   /ˈæk·səs/ (plural axes  /ˈæk·siz/ )
a ​real or ​imaginarystraightline that goes through the ​center of a ​spinningobject or a ​line that ​divides a ​shape into two ​equalhalves earth science The earth's axis is an ​imaginaryline that goes through the ​earth between the ​NorthPole and the ​SouthPole. mathematics An axis is also a ​line on a ​graph used to show the ​position of a ​point.
(Definition of axis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"axis" in British English

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axisnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæk.sɪs/ (plural axes uk   /ˈæk.siːz/ us   )
  • axis noun [C] (IMAGINARY LINE)

a ​real or ​imaginarystraightline going through the ​centre of a ​object that is ​spinning, or a ​line that ​divides a ​symmetricalshape into two ​equalhalves: The ​earthrevolves around the axis that ​joins the ​North and ​South Poles. The ​diameter of a ​circle is also an axis. a ​fixedline on a ​graph used to show the ​position of a ​point: Plot ​distance on the ​verticaly-axis against ​time on the ​horizontalx-axis.
  • axis noun [C] (POLITICAL AGREEMENT)

an ​agreement between ​governments or ​politicians to ​work together to ​achieve a ​particularaim: the Franco-German axis
(Definition of axis from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"axis" in Business English

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axisnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæksɪs/ (plural axes /ˈæksiːz/ )
GRAPHS & CHARTS one of two or more ​fixedlines on a graph: horizontal/vertical axis We can ​label the axes - ​time is on the ​horizontal axis, and the ​amount (or ​value) of ​money is shown on the ​vertical axis.an axis measures/shows/represents The ​vertical axis ​shows the ​rate of ​growth in inflation-adjusted ​GDP.
(Definition of axis from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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