An ax is a sharp tool for cutting wood. When you split logs, you hold the handle, swing the ax into the air, and let the blade fall on the wood.

Most axes have a long wooden handle connected to a blade made of sharpened steel. An ax is a useful tool to own if you have a wood stove or are building a campfire. You can also spell the word with an e at the end: axe. As a verb, to ax means to fire someone from a job: "He was late so many times that I finally had to ax him."

Definitions of ax
  1. noun
    an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
    synonyms: axe
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    broadax, broadaxe
    a large ax with a broad cutting blade
    Dayton ax, Dayton axe, common ax, common axe
    an ax with a long handle and a head that has one cutting edge and one blunt side
    Western ax, Western axe, double-bitted ax, double-bitted axe
    an ax that has cutting edges on both sides of the head
    fireman's ax, fireman's axe
    an ax that has a long handle and a head with one cutting edge and a point on the other side
    a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)
    ice ax, ice axe, piolet
    an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice
    poleax, poleaxe
    an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade
    battle-ax, battle-axe
    a broadax used as a weapon
    broad hatchet
    a short-handled hatchet with a broad blade opposite a hammerhead
    claw hatchet
    a hatchet that has a cleft for pulling nails
    half hatchet
    a hatchet with a broad blade on one end and a hammer head of the other
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    edge tool
    any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
  2. verb
    chop or split with an ax
    synonyms: axe
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    chop, hack
    cut with a hacking tool
  3. verb
    “The NSF axed the research program and stopped funding it”
    synonyms: axe
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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