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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
1860-1865
1860-65
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British Dictionary definitions for minor axis

minor axis

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