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axial

[ak-see-uh l] /ˈæk si əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or forming an axis:
an axial relationship.
2.
situated in or on an axis.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; axi- + -al1
Related forms
axiality, noun
axially, adverb
interaxial, adjective
multiaxial, adjective
multiaxially, adverb
subaxial, adjective
subaxially, adverb
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Examples from the web for axial
  • From this centriole an axial filament, surrounded by a sheath, runs backward through the body and tail.
  • The developmental anomaly that causes animals to occasionally form two heads is called axial bifurcation.
  • In addition they are motile and and apparently exhibit axial symmetry.
  • When the axial tilt is higher, the monsoon bands move farther away from the equator.
  • Take heart, nevertheless, that great and final axial shift of paradigms is close at hand.
  • It's axial rotation is tidally locked to it's orbital rotation such that one side always faces the parent star.
  • The biggest advantage to the rotor-style or axial pumps is that they are small and relatively simple.
  • axial sculpture sculpture running parallel to the axis of coiling.
British Dictionary definitions for axial

axial

/ˈæksɪəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, forming, or characteristic of an axis
2.
situated in, on, or along an axis
Derived Forms
axiality, noun
axially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for axial
adj.

"pertaining to an axis," by 1825, from axis + -al (1). Related: Axially.

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axial in Medicine

axial ax·i·al (āk'sē-əl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or characterized by an axis; axile.

  2. Relating to or situated in the head and trunk region of the body.

  3. Relating to or parallel with the long axis of a tooth.

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axial in Science
axis
  (āk'sĭs)   
Plural axes (āk'sēz')
  1. An imaginary line around which an object rotates. In a rotating sphere, such as the Earth and other planets, the two ends of the axis are called poles. The 23.45° tilt of the Earth's axis with respect to the plane of its orbit around the Sun causes the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to point toward and away from the Sun at different times of the year, creating seasonal patterns of weather and climate. Other planets in the solar system have widely varying tilts to their axes, ranging from near 0° for Mercury to 177° for Venus.

  2. Mathematics

    1. A line, ray, or line segment with respect to which a figure or object is symmetrical.

    2. A reference line from which distances or angles are measured in a coordinate system, such as the x-axis and y-axis in the Cartesian coordinate system.

  3. Anatomy The second cervical vertebra, which serves as a pivot for the head.

  4. Botany The main stem or central part of a plant or plant part, about which other plant parts, such as branches or leaflets, are arranged.


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