Definition of ordinate
: the Cartesian coordinate obtained by measuring parallel to the y-axis — compare abscissa
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Origin and Etymology of ordinate
New Latin (linea) ordinate (applicata), literally, line applied in an orderly manner
First Known Use: 1706
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