minor axis
noun Date: 1862 the chord of an ellipse passing through the center and perpendicular to the major axis

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  • minor axis — Axis Ax is, n.; pl. {Axes}. [L. axis axis, axle. See {Axle}.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • minor axis — n. Geom. the shorter axis of an ellipse, that passes through the midpoint of, and is perpendicular to, the MAJOR AXIS …   English World dictionary

  • minor axis — /ˈmaɪnər æksəs/ (say muynuhr aksuhs) noun the axis of an ellipse perpendicular to the major axis. Compare major axis …   Australian English dictionary

  • minor axis — noun the shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid • Hypernyms: ↑axis • Part Meronyms: ↑semiminor axis …   Useful english dictionary

  • minor axis — Math. the axis of an ellipse that is perpendicular to the major axis at a point equidistant from the foci. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • minor axis — noun Geometry the shorter axis of an ellipse that is perpendicular to its major axis …   English new terms dictionary

  • minor axis — mi′nor ax′is n. the axis of an ellipse that is perpendicular to the major axis at a point equidistant from the foci • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • Semi-minor axis — The semi minor axis of an ellipse In geometry, the semi minor axis (also semiminor axis) is a line segment associated with most conic sections (that is, with ellipses and hyperbolas). One end of the segment is the center of the conic section, and …   Wikipedia

  • Axis — Ax is, n.; pl. {Axes}. [L. axis axis, axle. See {Axle}.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • axis band — Axis Ax is, n.; pl. {Axes}. [L. axis axis, axle. See {Axle}.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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