# Ordinate

[awr-dn-it, -eyt] /ˈɔr dnˌɪt, -ˌeɪt/

**noun**

1.

Mathematics. (in plane Cartesian coordinates) the y-coordinate of a point: its distance from the x-axis measured parallel to the y-axis.

/ˈɔːdɪnɪt/

**noun**

1.

the vertical or y-coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates Compare abscissa See also Cartesian coordinates

**adj.**

late 14c., from Latin ordinatus, past participle of ordinare “arrange, set in order” (see ordain). Related: Ordinately.

v.

1560s, from Latin ordinatus, past participle of ordinare “arrange, set in order” (see ordain). Related: Ordinated; ordinating.

ordinate or·di·nate (ôr’dn-ĭt, -āt’)

n.

The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the x-axis, measured parallel to the y-axis.

ordinate

(ôr’dn-ĭt)

The distance of a point from the x-axis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the y-axis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 3 as its ordinate. Compare abscissa.

mathematics

The y-coordinate on an (x,y) graph; the output of a function plotted against its input.

x is the “abscissa”.

See Cartesian coordinates.

(1997-07-08)

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