noun

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.

## ordinate

Math. the vertical Cartesian coordinate on a plane, measured from the x-axis along a line parallel with the y-axis to point P

Origin of ordinate

; from Modern Latin*(linea) ordinate (applicata),*(line applied) in (an) ordered manner ; from Classical Latin

*ordinare*, to arrange: see ordain

## ordinate

adjective

Arranged in regular rows, as the spots on the wings of an insect.

noun

*Symbol*

**y**The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the

*x*-axis, measured parallel to the

*y*-axis.

Origin of ordinate

Middle English,*properly ordered*, from Latin

*&omacron;rdin&amacron;tus*, past participle of

*&omacron;rdin&amacron;re*,

*to set in order*, from

*&omacron;rd&omacron;*

*, &omacron;rdin-*,

*order*; see

*ar-*in Indo-European roots.

## ordinate

Verb

(*third-person singular simple present* ordinates, *present participle* ordinating, *simple past and past participle* ordinated)

Adjective

(*comparative* more ordinate, *superlative* most ordinate)