Cartesian coordinate


: either of two coordinates (see coordinate entry 3 sense 1) that locate a point on a plane and measure its distance from either of two intersecting straight-line axes along a line parallel to the other axis
: any of three coordinates that locate a point in space and measure its distance from any of three intersecting coordinate planes measured parallel to that one of three straight-line axes that is the intersection of the other two planes

Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cartesian coordinate was in 1887

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“Cartesian coordinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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