(Ax"il) n. [L. axilla. Cf. Axle.] (Bot.) The angle or point of divergence between the upper side of a branch, leaf, or petiole, and the stem or branch from which it springs. Gray.

(Ax"ile) a. Situated in the axis of anything; as an embryo which lies in the axis of a seed. Gray.

(||Ax*il"la) n.; pl. Axillae [L.] (Anat.) The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.

2. (Bot.) An axil.

(Ax"il*lar) a. Axillary.

(Ax"il*la*ries Ax"il*lars) n. pl. (Zoöl.) Feathers connecting the under surface of the wing and the body, and concealed by the closed wing.

(Ax"il*la*ry) a. [See Axil.]

1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve.

2. (Bot.) Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil. "Axillary buds." Gray.

(Ax"i*nite) n. [Named in allusion to the form of the crystals, fr. Gr. an ax.] (Min.) A borosilicate of alumina, iron, and lime, commonly found in glassy, brown crystals with acute edges.

(Ax*in"o*man`cy) n. [L. axinomantia, Gr. ax + -mancy.] A species of divination, by means of an ax or hatchet.

(Ax"i*om) n. [L. axioma, Gr. that which is thought worthy, that which is assumed, a basis of demonstration, a principle, fr. to think worthy, fr. worthy, weighing as much as; cf. to lead, drive, also to weigh so much: cf F. axiome. See Agent, a.]

1. (Logic & Math.) A self-evident and necessary truth, or a proposition whose truth is so evident as first sight that no reasoning or demonstration can make it plainer; a proposition which it is necessary to take for granted; as, "The whole is greater than a part;" "A thing can not, at the same time, be and not be."

2. An established principle in some art or science, which, though not a necessary truth, is universally received; as, the axioms of political economy.

Syn.Axiom, Maxim, Aphorism, Adage. An axiom is a self-evident truth which is taken for granted as the basis of reasoning. A maxim is a guiding principle sanctioned by experience, and relating especially to the practical concerns of life. An aphorism is a short sentence pithily expressing some valuable and general truth or sentiment. An adage is a saying of long-established authority and of universal application.

(Ax`i*o*mat"ic Ax`i*o*mat"ic*al), a. Of or pertaining to an axiom; having the nature of an axiom; self- evident; characterized by axioms. "Axiomatical truth." Johnson.

The stores of axiomatic wisdom.
I. Taylor.

(Ax`i*o*mat"ic*al*ly), adv. By the use of axioms; in the form of an axiom.

(||Ax"is) n. [L.] (Zoöl.) The spotted deer (Cervus axis or Axis maculata) of India, where it is called hog deer and parrah (Moorish name).

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