Definition of "ax" []

  • A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood. (noun)
  • Any of various bladed, hand-held implements used as a cutting tool or weapon. (noun)
  • Informal A sudden termination of employment: My colleague got the ax yesterday. (noun)
  • Slang A musical instrument, especially a guitar. (noun)
  • To chop or fell with or as if with an ax: axed down the saplings; axed out a foothold in the ice. (verb-transitive)
  • A hand tool with one side of its head forged and sharpened to a cutting edge, used for felling trees, splitting timber, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any musical instrument, esp a guitar or horn (noun)
  • To chop or trim with an axe (verb)
  • To dismiss (employees), restrict (expenditure or services), or terminate (a project) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ax" in a sentence
  • "I like most of the Gerber products i've used, for the money. this ax is no different."
  • "The moment I get up, grab the fire ax from the wall and begin hacking away, then I've killed someone."
  • "And make no mistake, the ax is being sharpened even as I write this, and the Republican majority in the new House will be looking for chances to swing it."