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Recently, I have been asking myself whether it is possible or not to use the word "axis/axes" to denominate one of the lines of actions -with a very clear and defined purpose- of a project. Similarly as the word "strand" is found sometimes. For example, if my project consists on children’s alphabetization, could I say one of my ‘axes of work’ is to find agreements with libraries for them to access without charge?

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"Axis of work" is not a commonly used phrase at all, nor is "strand of work," though it would be possible to define those phrases in context and use them.

More common phrases would be:

One of the aspects of the job/project/work is to find agreements...
One of the duties of the job is...
One of the facets of the job is...
One of the priorities of the job is...

These have somewhat different meanings, but they are all focused on the various specific tasks that must be performed in order to complete the job.

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  • Subtask might work.
    – LawrenceC
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 14:38

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