- 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.
Origin of y-axis
First recorded in 1925–30
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- a reference axis, usually vertical, of a graph or two- or three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system along which the y- coordinate is measured
- 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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