# ordinate

[awr-dn-it, -eyt]

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

Compare abscissa.

## Origin of ordinate^{}

1670–80; extracted from New Latin (līnea) ordināte (applicāta) (line applied) in order; ordināte (adv.), derivative of Latin ordinātus arranged. See ordination

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## Examples from the Web for ordinate

### Historical Examples

#### The position MX on the ordinate marks the beginning of the second period.

Essay on the Creative ImaginationTh. Ribot

#### Of three angles of an ordinate quinquangle, is made the angle of a Dodecahedrum.

The Way To GeometryPeter Ramus

#### This upper branch of the curve is not shown in the figure, as the ordinate corresponding to 30 would be very great.

The Phase Rule and Its ApplicationsAlexander Findlay

#### The ordinate is the correction to be added to the observed reading to reduce to a uniform scale.

#### A curve is thus obtained, the ordinate representing growth elongation and the abscissa the time.

Life Movements in PlantsSir Jagadis Chunder Bose

# ordinate

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

## Word Origin

C16: from New Latin phrase (linea) ordināte (applicāta) (line applied) in an orderly manner, from ordināre to arrange in order

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## Word Origin and History for ordinate

### 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.

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# ordinate

(ôr′dn-ĭt, -āt′)

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

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# 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.

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