ordinate

noun

or·​di·​nate ˈȯr-də-nət How to pronounce ordinate (audio)
ˈȯrd-nət,
-ˌnāt
: the Cartesian coordinate obtained by measuring parallel to the y-axis compare abscissa

Word History

Etymology

New Latin (linea) ordinate (applicata), literally, line applied in an orderly manner

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ordinate was in 1706

Dictionary Entries Near ordinate

Cite this Entry

“Ordinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordinate. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ordinate

noun
or·​di·​nate ˈȯrd-nət How to pronounce ordinate (audio)
-ᵊn-ət,
-ᵊn-ˌāt
: the number in an ordered pair of numbers (as y in (x, y)) that gives the location of a point along the y-axis

called also y-coordinate

compare abscissa

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