What does the word axis mean?

Usage examples for axis

  1. None of the real proofs for the earth's rotation upon its axis were known at the time of Galileo, nor were there direct conclusive arguments for the earth's moving around the sun. – Catholic Churchmen in Science by James J. Walsh
  2. The Earth, as every one knows, whirls rapidly on its axis from west to east. – The Ocean and its Wonders by R.M. Ballantyne

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