- The definition of an ordinate is a value of a coordinate on the vertical axis.
A coordinate on a plane that is vertical and measured in relation to the x axis is an example of an ordinate.
Origin of ordinate; from Modern Latin (linea) ordinate (applicata), (line applied) in (an) ordered manner
Origin of ordinateMiddle English, properly ordered, from Latin ōrdinātus, past participle of ōrdināre, to set in order, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ordinates, present participle ordinating, simple past and past participle ordinated)
(comparative more ordinate, superlative most ordinate)