A'xis. n.s. [axis, Lat.] The line real or imaginary that passes through any thing, on which it may revolve.
But since they say our earth, from morn to morn,
On its own axis is oblig'd to turn;
That swift rotation must disperse in air
All things which on the rapid orb appear. Blackmore.
It might annually have compassed the sun, and yet never have once turned upon its axis. Bentley's Sermons.
On their own axis the planets run,
And make at once their circle round the sun;
So two consistent motions act the soul,
And one regards itself, and one the whole. Pope's Essay on Man, epist. iii. l. 313.