noun, plural axes [ak-siz] , verb, axed, axing.
acts, ask, axe. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
axe or (US) ax (æks)
n , pl axes
1.  See also hatchet a hand tool with one side of its head forged and sharpened to a cutting edge, used for felling trees, splitting timber, etc
2.  an axe to grind
 a.  an ulterior motive
 b.  a grievance
 c.  a pet subject
3.  informal the axe
 a.  dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
 b.  (Brit) severe cutting down of expenditure, esp the removal of unprofitable sections of a public service
4.  slang (US) any musical instrument, esp a guitar or horn
5.  to chop or trim with an axe
6.  informal to dismiss (employees), restrict (expenditure or services), or terminate (a project)
[Old English æx; related to Old Frisian axa, Old High German acchus, Old Norse öx, Latin ascia, Greek axinē]
ax or (US) ax
[Old English æx; related to Old Frisian axa, Old High German acchus, Old Norse öx, Latin ascia, Greek axinē]

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Word Origin & History

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Computing Dictionary

aXe definition

A text editor for the X Window System. No longer maintained.

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Bible Dictionary

Axe definition

used in the Authorized Version of Deut. 19:5; 20:19; 1 Kings 6:7, as the translation of a Hebrew word which means "chopping." It was used for felling trees (Isa. 10:34) and hewing timber for building. It is the rendering of a different word in Judg. 9:48, 1 Sam. 13:20, 21, Ps. 74:5, which refers to its sharpness. In 2 Kings 6:5 it is the translation of a word used with reference to its being made of iron. In Isa. 44:12 the Revised Version renders by "axe" the Hebrew _maatsad_, which means a "hewing" instrument. In the Authorized Version it is rendered "tongs." It is also used in Jer. 10:3, and rendered "axe." The "battle-axe" (army of Medes and Persians) mentioned in Jer. 51:20 was probably, as noted in the margin of the Revised Version, a "maul" or heavy mace. In Ps. 74:6 the word so rendered means "feller." (See the figurative expression in Matt. 3:10; Luke 3:9.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
At the centre of his show is a coffin in the shape of a ship topped with a
  flint hand axe.
Artifacts unearthed at the site include a stone axe head, a pottery fragment,
  and an ornamental pin.
In the cellar was an axe covered with blood and wrapped in some old clothing.
Sometimes bad history's grinding axe drowns true accomplishment and objective
  judgement, however charming or witty it may be.
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