- Mathematics. (in plane Cartesian coordinates) the y-coordinate of a point: its distance from the x-axis measured parallel to the y-axis.
Origin of ordinate
Related Words for ordinatetouch, follow, score, adjoin, authorize, appoint, require, direct, tell, bound, rank, rim, verge, array, skirt, underline, cut, group, fix, draw
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Historical Examples of ordinate
The position MX on the ordinate marks the beginning of the second period.Essay on the Creative Imagination
Of three angles of an ordinate quinquangle, is made the angle of a Dodecahedrum.The Way To Geometry
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 Applications
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 Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Word Origin for ordinate
late 14c., from Latin ordinatus, past participle of ordinare "arrange, set in order" (see ordain). Related: Ordinately.
1560s, from Latin ordinatus, past participle of ordinare "arrange, set in order" (see ordain). Related: Ordinated; ordinating.
- The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the x-axis, measured parallel to the y-axis.
- 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.