Axis

Axis may refer to:

In aerospace industry:

  • AXIS Flight Training Systems, an Austrian based manufacturer of Flight Simulators

In communication:

  • AXIS (A division of the Saudi Telecom Company)

In fiction:

  • Axis (novel), a science-fiction novel by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Axis, a colonized asteroid in the Gundam anime universe
    • Axis Zeon, inhabitants of the asteroid Axis in the Gundam anime universe
  • Axis Chemicals, a fictional chemical plant in the first Batman film and in DC Comics

In geography:

  • Axis, Alabama, an unincorporated area

In manufacturing processes:

  • Multiaxis machining

In mathematics:

  • Axis of rotation, line around
  • Axis of symmetry, a line that divides a two-dimensional object into identical shapes
  • X and Y axes, or X, Y, and Z axes, perpendicular lines used in the Cartesian coordinate system
  • Informally, by extension, the line generated by a basis vector in linear algebra

In music:

  • Axis: Bold as Love, album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Axis Percussion, a US manufacturer of drum pedals and hardware
  • Axis Records (disambiguation), the name of several music labels
  • Axis system, a system of harmonic analysis

In science:

  • Axis (anatomy), the second cervical vertebra of the spine
  • Axis (genus), a genus of deer
  • Axis (science festival), an annual technical festival held in Nagpur, India
  • Axial tilt, the tilt of the axis on which the earth rotates, relative to the plane of the ecliptic
  • Optical axis, a line of rotational symmetry in an optical system
  • Optic axis of a crystal, the direction in which a ray of transmitted light suffers no birefringence
  • Electrocardiographic axis
  • The American Psychiatric Association organizes psychiatric diagnoses on a five-axis system

In technology:

  • Apache Axis, an open source Web service framework from the Apache Software Foundation
  • Axis Communications, a Swedish manufacturer of IT equipment
  • Yahoo! Axis, mobile web browser

In politics:

  • A parameter used in describing political spectrum
  • Axis powers, Germany, Italy, Japan and their allies during World War II
  • Axis of evil, U.S. President George W. Bush's description of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

Famous quotes containing the word axis:

    Our security depends on the Allied Powers winning against aggressors. The Axis Powers intend to destroy democracy, it is anathema to them. We cannot provide that aid if the public are against it; therefore, it is our responsibility to persuade the public that aid to the victims of aggression is aid to American security. I expect the members of my administration to take every opportunity to speak to this issue wherever they are invited to address public forums in the weeks ahead.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    A book is not an autonomous entity: it is a relation, an axis of innumerable relations. One literature differs from another, be it earlier or later, not because of the texts but because of the way they are read: if I could read any page from the present time—this one, for instance—as it will be read in the year 2000, I would know what the literature of the year 2000 would be like.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

    I make this direct statement to the American people that there is far less chance of the United States getting into war, if we do all we can now to support the nations defending themselves against attack by the Axis than if we acquiesce in their defeat, submit tamely to an Axis victory, and wait our turn to be the object of attack in another war later on.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)