x-axis

[ eks-ak-sis ]

noun,plural x-ax·es [eks-ak-seez]. /ˈɛksˌæk siz/. Mathematics.
  1. 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.

  2. (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.

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First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for x-axis

x-axis

noun
  1. 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 x-axis

x-axis

[ ĕksăk′sĭs ]


  1. The horizontal axis of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.

  2. One of the three axes of a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.

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