Etymology
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ax (n.)

see axe (n.).

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Definitions of ax
1
ax (v.)
chop or split with an ax;
Synonyms: axe
ax (v.)
terminate;
The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it
Synonyms: axe
2
ax (n.)
an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle;
Synonyms: axe
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