Cartesian coordinate system[kär-tēˈzhən]
Cartesian coordinate system definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A coordinate system in which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set of perpendicular lines that intersect at an origin, such as two lines in a plane or three in space.
Cartesian coordinate system
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cartesian coordinate system - Science Definition
A system in which the location of a point is given by coordinates that represent its distances from perpendicular lines that intersect at a point called the origin. A Cartesian coordinate system in a plane has two perpendicular lines (the x-axis and y-axis); in three-dimensional space, it has three (the x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis). Compare polar coordinate system.