- a pair of numbers that locate a point in a plane by its distances from two fixed, intersecting, usually perpendicular lines in the same plane
- a triad of numbers which locate a point in space by its distance from three fixed planes that intersect one another at right angles

# Cartesian coordinates

Cartesian coordinates

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(*plural only*)

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## cartesian coordinates - Computer Definition

In mathematics, any of the coordinates that locate a point on a plane and measure its distance from an axis at which two or more planes intersect. Such a point is identified by its position relative to the x-axis (horizontal) and y-axis (vertical) in a two-dimensional grid, chart, or graph, or by its position relative to the x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis (depth) in a three-dimensional grid, chart, or graph. The underlying mathematical concepts were developed by Ren

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