The definition of an ordinate is a value of a coordinate on the vertical axis.(noun)
A coordinate on a plane that is vertical and measured in relation to the x axis is an example of an ordinate.
See ordinate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < ModL (linea) ordinate (applicata), (line applied) in (an) ordered manner
See ordinate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, properly ordered
Origin: , from Latin ōrdinātus
Origin: , past participle of ōrdināre, to set in order
Origin: , from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
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