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noun - A tool with a bladed, usually heavy head mounted crosswise on a handle, used for felling trees or chopping wood.

noun - Any of various bladed, hand-held implements used as a cutting tool or weapon.

noun - Informal A sudden termination of employment: My colleague got the ax yesterday.

noun - Slang A musical instrument, especially a guitar.

verb-transitive - To chop or fell with or as if with an ax: axed down the saplings; axed out a foothold in the ice.

verb-transitive - Informal To remove ruthlessly or suddenly: a social program that was axed to effectuate budget cuts.

idiom - ax to grind A selfish or ulterior aim: He claimed to be disinterested, but I knew he had an ax to grind.

verb - Nonstandard Variant of ask.

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