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Etymology 1

An axe

Old English æx

Pronunciation

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Noun

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Singular
axe

Plural
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axe ({{{1}}})
  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.
  4. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A gigging musician's particular instrument, especially a guitar in rock music or a saxophone in jazz.
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Verb

Infinitive
to axe

Third person singular
ax

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to axe (third-person singular simple present ax, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  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.
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Etymology 2

Alternative spellings

Noun

Singular
axe

Plural
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axe ({{{1}}})
  1. (archaic) The axle of a wheel.

Verb

Infinitive
to axe

Third person singular
ax

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to axe (third-person singular simple present ax, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To furnish with an axle.

Etymology 3

Verb

Infinitive
to axe

Third person singular
ax

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to axe (third-person singular simple present ax, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (obsolete or Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Alternative form of ask.

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

  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.

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