Ordinate definition

ôrdn-ĭt, -āt
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(math.) The vertical Cartesian coordinate on a plane, measured from the x-axis along a line parallel with the y-axis to point P.
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The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the x -axis, measured parallel to the y -axis.
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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.

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(mathematics) The value of a coordinate on the vertical (Y) axis.
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Arranged regularly in rows; orderly; disposed or arranged in an orderly or regular fashion.
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Arranged in regular rows, as the spots on the wings of an insect.
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The distance of a point from the x-axis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the y-axis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 3 as its ordinate.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ordinate
Plural:
ordinates

Origin of ordinate

  • Middle English properly ordered from Latin ōrdinātus past participle of ōrdināre to set in order from ōrdō ōrdin- order ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition