An example of an abscissa is the measurement along the y-axis parallel with the x-axis to point p.
The point has 3 as its abscissa and 2 as its ordinate.
Origin of abscissa
- New Latin (līnea) abscissa (line) cut off from Latin abscissa feminine past participle of abscindere to abscise abscission
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition