axe meaning

[ æks ] Pronunciation:   "axe" in a sentence
Noun: axe  aks
Usage: Brit, Cdn (=ax)
  1. An edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
    - ax [US]
Verb: axe  aks
Usage: Brit, Cdn (=ax)
  1. Chop or split with an axe
    "axe wood"
    - ax [US] 
  2. Terminate
    "they will axe the research program"
    - ax [US]

Derived forms: axing, axes, axed

Type of: chop, edge tool, end, hack, terminate

Encyclopedia: Axe


[British slang]
Noun. A guitar.

[Business]
AmE spelling also ax) // noun, verb (informal)

noun [sing.] the axe

used especially in newspapers to describe strong measures that are taken to reduce costs, such as removing workers from their jobs, closing parts of a company, etc:

Up to 300 workers are facing the axe at the struggling company.

The company has not announced which of its factories will get the axe.

The new CEO must take the axe to costs if the company is to return to profit.

verb [+ obj]

to take strong measures to reduce costs, such as removing workers from their jobs, closing parts of a company, etc:

Other less profitable services are to be axed later this year.


[Finance]
The interest a person or trader shows in buying or selling a bond. A trader may have specific interest in a certain type of bond based on his or her existing positions.

[Computer]
<tool> A text editor for the X Window System. No longer maintained.

Examples

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  1. he gathered all his strength and swung the axe.
  2. he struck off the rotten branches with an axe.
  3. clang, clang goes the woodman 's axe.
  4. the axe sliced through the wood.
  5. the edge of this axe has turned.

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