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Arranged in regular rows, as the spots on the wings of an insect.
Symbol y The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the x-axis, measured parallel to the y-axis.
[Middle English, properly ordered, from Latin ōrdinātus, past participle of ōrdināre, to set in order, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
[C16: from New Latin phrase (linea) ordināte (applicāta) (line applied) in an orderly manner, from ordināre to arrange in order]
or•di•nate(ˈɔr dnˌɪt, -ˌeɪt)
(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the y-coordinate of a point: its distance from the x-axis measured parallel to the y-axis. Compare abscissa.
[1670–80; extracted from New Latin (līnea) ōrdinātē (applicāta) (line applied) in order; ōrdinātē (adv.), derivative of Latin ōrdināre to arrange]
The distance of a point from the x-axis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the y-axis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 3 as its ordinate. Compare abscissa.
ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal.
See also related terms for vertical.
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|Noun||1.||ordinate - the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis|
Cartesian coordinate - one of the coordinates in a system of coordinates that locates a point on a plane or in space by its distance from two lines or three planes respectively; the two lines or the intersections of the three planes are the coordinate axes
|Verb||1.||ordinate - appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"|
|2.||ordinate - bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation; "align the wheels of my car"; "ordinate similar parts"|
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
misalign - align imperfectly or badly; "the elements of the turbine were misaligned"