# y-axis

[ wahy-ak-sis ]SHOW IPA

/ ˈwaɪˌæk sɪs /PHONETIC RESPELLING

### 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.

## Words nearby y-axis

y chromosome, y connection, y'all, y, y, y-, y-axis, y-chromosome, y-fronts, y-level, y-linked gene, y-shaped ligament

## Origin of y-axis

First recorded in 1925–30

## WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH y-axis

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## British Dictionary definitions for y-axis

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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## Scientific definitions for y-axis

y-axis

[ wī′ăk′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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