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abscissa

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noun ab·scis·sa \ab-ˈsi-sə\

Definition of abscissa

plural abscissas also abscissaeplay \-ˈsi-(ˌ)sē\

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



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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

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