Mathematics. (in plane Cartesian coordinates) the y-coordinate of a point: its distance from the x-axis measured parallel to the y-axis.
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- Compare abscissa.
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How to use ordinate in a sentence
He tried to think, tried to co-ordinate events, tried to understand the true bearings of the situation.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
We are not asking for the restoration of a co-ordinate Parliament such as Ireland had before the Union.Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
The ministry of reconciliation and the Church at large are co-ordinate.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
It seems most probable that the other is co-ordinate with this, so that both are in a sense the evidence for the main proposition.Expositor's Bible: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | James Denney
Meanwhile something might be done to co-ordinate spasmodic and voluntary effort.The Evolution of Sinn Fein | Robert Mitchell Henry
British Dictionary definitions for ordinate
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Scientific definitions for ordinate
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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