26-08-2003, 14:34 #1 Imposter Registered User   Join Date: Apr 2003 Posts: 4,584 the plural of axis? What is the plural of axis? Dictionary.com reckons it's axes. But then trying for a definition of axes doesn't mention an 'axis'. Instead it talks of the plural of 'axe'. Axi would sound reasonable but doesn't seem to be a word! Any ideas?
 26-08-2003, 14:35 #2 aodh_rua Registered User     Join Date: Apr 2003 Posts: 1,191 Definitely 'axes'
 26-08-2003, 14:38 #3 ecksor Puppy Shotgun     Join Date: Apr 2000 Posts: 10,056 Mod: Mustard, ZTest Any reference to more than one axis in mathematics uses the plural 'axes'.
 26-08-2003, 14:39 #4 Join Date: Jun 2003 Posts: 778 Axes. Indubitably.
 26-08-2003, 14:39 #5 Imposter Registered User   Join Date: Apr 2003 Posts: 4,584 thanks. You guys were awful slow at replying!
 26-08-2003, 14:41 #6 Praetorian Registered User     Join Date: Nov 2000 Posts: 3,646 Axes for sure. I hate maths.
 26-08-2003, 15:18 #7 ecksor Puppy Shotgun     Join Date: Apr 2000 Posts: 10,056 Mod: Mustard, ZTest That's seems orthogonal!
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Re: the plural of axis?

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 Originally posted by Imposter Dictionary.com reckons it's axes. But then trying for a definition of axes doesn't mention an 'axis'. Instead it talks of the plural of 'axe'.
Not true. It gives the definition of axes; the plural of axis, as well, although you have to scroll for a bit.

Some dictionaries list axes as the plural of axis but don't list it as the plural of axe/ax. This makes sense in the printed version, where axe would be near to where one would find axes and hence the reader could be expected to find it, but makes less sense in the online versions where the same concept of "near" doesn't apply.

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Re: Re: the plural of axis?

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 Originally posted by Talliesin Not true. It gives the definition of axes; the plural of axis, as well, although you have to scroll for a bit. Some dictionaries list axes as the plural of axis but don't list it as the plural of axe/ax. This makes sense in the printed version, where axe would be near to where one would find axes and hence the reader could be expected to find it, but makes less sense in the online versions where the same concept of "near" doesn't apply.