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**Cartesian coordinate system**

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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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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

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