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26-08-2003, 14:34   #1
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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?
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Definitely 'axes'
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Any reference to more than one axis in mathematics uses the plural 'axes'.
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Axes. Indubitably.
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thanks. You guys were awful slow at replying!
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Axes for sure. I hate maths.
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That's seems orthogonal!
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Re: the plural of axis?

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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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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.
so it does, my bad/impatience!
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Plural of axis

The dictionary states the plural of axe, not axis. I have researched and it is definitely not axes, but plain axis. (base word: axis. plural: axis.)
It says this in books, dictionaries, and some dictionary sites on the Internet.

Hope this is a better reply.
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Too late ifyouwherehere..the other posters in this thread are long dead at this stage.
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The language has changed hugely since 2003.
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