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RackVax[rakvaks]

-noun

  1. Rackmount Virtual Axe.
  2. An awesome piece of rackmount guitar equipment which makes your guitar sound like an entire collection of guitars.
  3. A rackmount digital guitar modeling processor based on and powered by the Line 6 Variax.

Axe or (US) ax [aks]

–noun

  1. An instrument with a bladed head on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc. and formerly used as a weapon of war.
  2. Jazz Slang . any musical instrument.
  3. The ax, Informal.
  1. dismissal from employment: to get the ax.
  2. expulsion from school.
  3. rejection by a lover, friend, etc.: His girlfriend gave him the ax. d.
  4. any usually summary removal or curtailment.

Word Origin & History

ax
O.E. æces  (Northumbrian acas ), later æx,  from P.Gmc. *akusjo  (cf. O.S. accus,  O.N. ex,  O.Fris. axe,  Ger. Axt,  Goth. aqizi ), from PIE *agw(e)si-  (cf. Gk. axine , L. ascia ). Meaning "musical instrument" is 1955, originally jazz slang for the saxophone; rock slang for "guitar" dates to 1967. The ax  in fig. sense of cutting of anything (expenses, workers, etc.), especially as a cost-saving measure, is from 1922, probably from the notion of the headman's literal axe (itself attested from mid-15c.). To have an axe to grind  is from an 1815 essay by U.S. newspaper editor Charles Miner (17801865) in which a man flatters a boy and gets him to do the chore of axe-grinding for him, then leaves without offering thanks or recompense. Misattributed to Benjamin Franklin in Weekley, OED print edition, and many other sources.

Rackmount [rakmount]

-adj.

  1. Equipment designed to meet EIA specifications for 19-inch equipment rack mounting.
  2. The term rackmount is used to describe electronic equipment and devices designed to fit industry-standard-sized computer and musical equipment racks and cabinets (19" wide). Rackmount devices are standardized to heights in multiples of 1.75 inches. Rack spaces are measured in U.