# axis of abscissas

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## Definition for axis-of-abscissas (2 of 2)

x-axis
[ eks-ak-sis ]
/ ˈɛksˌæk sɪs /

### noun, plural x-ax·es [eks-ak-seez] /ˈɛksˌæk siz/. Mathematics.

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.
(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.

## Origin of x-axis

First recorded in 1925–30

## WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH x-axis

x-axis y-axis
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## British Dictionary definitions for axis-of-abscissas

x-axis

### noun

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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## Scientific definitions for axis-of-abscissas

x-axis
[ ĕksăk′sĭs ]

The horizontal axis of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
One of the three axes of a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.