(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
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
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.
(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).