nounWord forms: plural ˈaxes
any similar tool or weapon
, as a battle-ax, headsman's ax, etc.
verb transitiveWord forms: axed or ˈaxing
to cut off, remove, get rid
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Word origin of 'ax'ME < OE eax, æx < IE base *agw(e)si > Goth aqizi, Gr axinē, L ascia