# minor axis

noun, Mathematics
1.
the axis of an ellipse that is perpendicular to the major axis at a point equidistant from the foci.
Origin of minor axis
1860-1865
1860-65
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• Surface armed with very numerous (sixty to eighty) strong conical spines, about as long as the minor axis of the shell.

• We must now get the diameter of the minor axis, along the line B.

J. S. Zerbe
• The arches which stood at the extremities of the minor axis were the approaches to the imperial pavilions.

Robert Burn
• Polar spines sharp edged, more or less curved, the shorter equal to the minor axis, the longer twice as long.

• minor axis three times as large as that of the inner spherical shell; pores of the latter, small, circular.

• minor axis twice as long as the diameter of the inner spherical shell, which has regular, simple, circular pores of half the size.

• The minor axis or greatest breadth is about one-half the major axis or length.

David Todd
• Polar spines three-sided pyramidal, about as long as the minor axis, as broad at the base as one hexagonal frame.

• The marks D D, therefore, indicate the distance across the minor axis in Fig. 113.

J. S. Zerbe
• Draw the line a b, the major axis, and at a right angle to it the line c d, the minor axis of the figure.

Joshua Rose
British Dictionary definitions for minor axis

## minor axis

noun
1.
the shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid
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