# ordinate

[ awr-dn-it, -eyt ]

/ ˈɔr dnˌɪt, -ˌeɪt /

### noun

Mathematics. (in plane Cartesian coordinates) the y-coordinate of a point: its distance from the x-axis measured parallel to the y-axis.

## Nearby words

Compare abscissa.

## Origin of ordinate

1670–80; extracted from New Latin (līnea) ordināte (applicāta) (line applied) in order; ordināte (adv.), derivative of Latin ordinātus arranged. See ordination

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## British Dictionary definitions for ordinate

## ordinate

/ (ˈɔːdɪnɪt) /

### noun

the vertical or y -coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinatesCompare abscissa See also Cartesian coordinates

## Word Origin for ordinate

C16: from New Latin phrase (linea) ordināte (applicāta) (line applied) in an orderly manner, from ordināre to arrange in order

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## Medicine definitions for ordinate

## ordinate

[ ôr′dn-ĭt, -āt′ ]

### n.

The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the x-axis, measured parallel to the y-axis.

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## Science definitions for ordinate

## ordinate

[ ôr′dn-ĭt ]

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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