A tool or instrument of steel, or of iron with a steel edge or blade, for felling trees, chopping and splitting wood, hewing timber, etc. It is wielded by a wooden helve or handle, so fixed in a socket or eye as to be in the same plane with the blade. The broadax, or carpenter's ax, is an ax for hewing timber, made heavier than the chopping ax, and with a broader and thinner blade and a shorter handle.
- A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood.
- Any of various bladed, hand-held implements used as a cutting tool or weapon.
- Informal A sudden termination of employment: My colleague got the ax yesterday.
- Slang A musical instrument, especially a guitar.
- To chop or fell with or as if with an ax: axed down the saplings; axed out a foothold in the ice.
- Informal To remove ruthlessly or suddenly: a social program that was axed to effectuate budget cuts.
- ax to grind A selfish or ulterior aim: He claimed to be disinterested, but I knew he had an ax to grind.
- Nonstandard Variant of ask.