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# x-axis

[eks-ak-sis]
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noun, plural x-ax·es [eks-ak-seez] /ˈɛksˌæk siz/. Mathematics.
1. Also called axis of abscissas. (in a plane Cartesian coordinate system) the axis, usually horizontal, along which the abscissa is measured and from which the ordinate is measured.
2. (in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system) the axis along which values of x are measured and at which both y and z equal zero.

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First recorded in 1925–30
Can be confusedx-axis y-axis
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• #### The tracer is then placed on the x-axis of the y-curve and clamped to the carriage, and the instrument is ready for use.

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# x-axis

noun
1. a reference axis, usually horizontal, of a graph or two- or three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system along which the x- coordinate is measured
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# x-axis

[ĕksăk′sĭs]
1. The horizontal axis of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
2. One of the three axes of a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.