axis of ordinates


noun Mathematics.


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y-axis

[wahy-ak-sis]

noun, plural y-ax·es [wahy-ak-seez] /ˈwaɪˌæk siz/. Mathematics.

Also called axis of ordinates. (in a plane Cartesian coordinate system) the axis, usually vertical, along which the ordinate is measured and from which the abscissa is measured.
(in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system) the axis along which values of y are measured and at which both x and z equal zero.

Origin of y-axis

First recorded in 1925–30

Can be confusedx-axis y-axis

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British Dictionary definitions for axis-ordinates

y-axis

noun

a reference axis, usually vertical, of a graph or two- or three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system along which the y- coordinate is measured
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Science definitions for axis-ordinates

y-axis

[wīăk′sĭs]

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