Dictionary

abscissa

noun ab·scis·sa \ab-ˈsi-sə\
plural abscissas also ab·scis·sae\-ˈsi-(ˌ)sē\

Definition of ABSCISSA

:  the horizontal coordinate of a point in a plane Cartesian coordinate system obtained by measuring parallel to the x-axis — compare ordinate

Illustration of ABSCISSA

Origin of ABSCISSA

New Latin, from Latin, feminine of abscissus, past participle of abscindere to cut off, from ab- + scindere to cut — more at shed
First Known Use: 1694

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with ABSCISSA

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: abscissio infinitiPrevious Word in the Dictionary: abscissAll Words Near: abscissa
April 21, 2015
omnipotent Hear it
having unlimited authority or influence
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears