axis traction n.
Traction upon the fetal head in the line of the birth canal by means of forceps.
y-axis (def 1). Also called axis of ordinates. (in a plane Cartesian coordinate system) the axis, usually vertical, along which the ordinate is measured and from which the abscissa is measured. (in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system) the axis along which values of y are measured and at which both x and z equal zero. […]
a bar, fixed crosswise under an animal-drawn vehicle, with a rounded spindle at each end upon which a wheel rotates. Historical Examples Now, yesterday I broke my axletree, and I go and hew out a new one of green wood. A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi These bars strengthened the axletree and resisted wear at […]
Machinery. the pin, bar, shaft, or the like, on which or by means of which a wheel or pair of wheels rotates. the spindle at either end of an axletree. an axletree. Contemporary Examples The success of the whole structure was extremely sensitive to the size of the axle. The Hardest Part of Inventing the […]
a person who wields an ax. Informal. hatchet man. Contemporary Examples The smell of campfire hangs in the air above the axman—30-year-old Brooklynite Alex Hiller. Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry Dale Eisinger July 7, 2014 Historical Examples If I were fit to stay and work for you––as an axman––anything! Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet […]