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(US), ax
1. a hand tool with one side of its head forged and sharpened to a cutting edge, used for felling trees, splitting timber, etc.
2. the axe Informal
a. dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
b. Brit severe cutting down of expenditure, esp the removal of unprofitable sections of a public service
3. US slang any musical instrument, esp a guitar or horn
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a chopping tool meant primarily for working with wood; also used as a weapon. The ax was first used in the early Neolithic period. It was shaped like an elongated stone wedge affixed to the split end of a wooden handle. During the late Neolithic and the Bronze Age, polished stone axes were widely used. Also in use during the Bronze Age were cast copper and bronze axes with an opening in the blade for the handle. Later, stone axes, also with openings for the handle, were made in the shape of metal axes with simulated cast seams. During the Iron Age, iron axes with eye holes were in wide use.

In Ancient Rus’ of the 11th to 13th centuries, there were different axes for the felling of timber, for carpentry, and for battle; battle axes were often richly ornamented. The type of ax in use today appeared in the early 17th century.

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(design engineering)
An implement consisting of a heavy metal wedge-shaped head with one or two cutting edges and a relatively long wooden handle; used for chopping wood and felling trees.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


ax, 1
1. A sharp-edged steel tool for splitting wood, hewing timber, etc.
2. An axhammer.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

agent experience

The environment, conditions and culture in which call center representatives do their jobs. The quality of the customer experience (CX) is due almost entirely to the quality of the agent experience (AX). See customer experience, agent turnover and call center.

Microsoft Dynamics AX

A comprehensive set of business applications from Microsoft created by Danish-based Damgaard Data A/S under the Axapta brand and acquired by Microsoft in 2002. Introduced in Denmark and the U.S. in 1998, Dynamics AX (Axapta) includes its own development system, which consists of the MorphX environment and X++ programming language. The traditional offerings include CRM, financials (general ledger, A/R, A/P, etc.), supply chain (inventory), human resources, etc., while Dynamics AX 2009 added shop floor control and cost accounting among others.

In 1983, Damgaard Data was founded by brothers Preben and Erik Damgaard. The company merged with Navison Software A/S in 2000 and was renamed NavisonDamgaard and later Navison A/S. In 2002, Microsoft acquired Navison, and thus the Axapta software. See Microsoft Dynamics.
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An ax is generally associated with destruction. We use it to break things up, and in popular horror movies it is used to kill people. The ax can also be used to carve and create art, furniture or other tools. A violent dream suggests that you may be experiencing frustration, anger and hostility. If there was no violence in your dream, then the ax may be positively interpreted as a symbol of productivity and creativity. Either way, an ax is a powerful tool, and as a dream symbol it may be saying something about your personal power and its expression.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.