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# Ordinate

In mathematics, ordinate refers to that element of an ordered pair which is plotted on the vertical axis of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, as opposed to the abscissa. The ordinate is the second of the two terms (often labeled x and y) which define the location of a point in such a coordinate system.

\( (\overbrace{x}^\text{abscissa}, \overbrace{y}^\text{ordinate}) \)

Examples

For the point (-7, 3), -7 is called the abscissa and 3, the ordinate.

See also

Cartesian coordinate conventions

Ordered pair

Abscissa

Function (mathematics)

Relation (mathematics)

Line chart

External links

Earliest Known Uses of Some of the Words of Mathematics (O)

References

This article is based on material taken from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing prior to 1 November 2008 and incorporated under the "relicensing" terms of the GFDL, version 1.3 or later.

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