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abscissa
The coordinates for A are (4,3); the abscissa is 4 and the ordinate is 3.

ab·scis·sa

 (ăb-sĭs′ə)
n. pl. ab·scis·sas or ab·scis·sae (-sĭs′ē)
Symbol x The coordinate representing the position of a point along a line perpendicular to the y-axis in a plane Cartesian coordinate system.

[New Latin (līnea) abscissa, (line) cut off, from Latin abscissa, feminine past participle of abscindere, to abscise; see abscission.]
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abscissa

(æbˈsɪsə)
n, pl -scissas or -scissae (-ˈsɪsiː)
(Mathematics) the horizontal or x-coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates. It is the distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. Also : absciss or abscisse Compare ordinate
[C17: New Latin, originally linea abscissa a cut-off line]
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ab•scis•sa

(æbˈsɪs ə)

n., pl. -scis•sas, -scis•sae (-ˈsɪs i)
(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the x-coordinate of a point: its distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. Compare ordinate.
[1690–1700; < Latin, feminine of abscissus, past participle of abscindere to cut off =ab- ab- + scindere to divide, tear]
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abscissa
The coordinates for A are (4,3); the abscissa is 4.

ab·scis·sa

(ăb-sĭs′ə)
The distance of a point from the y-axis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the x-axis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 2 as its abscissa. Compare ordinate.
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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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Noun1.abscissa - the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axisabscissa - the value of a coordinate on the horizontal 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
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Assuming a spectrum band with a unique SPR peak, the FWHM quantity (green line) is given by the abscissas (x-coordinates) of the spectrum equivalent to half-height (HH), which is half the distance between the SPR maximum absorbance and P3.
Further, expressions that can maintain boundary constraints in abscissas and ordinates of all machines are as follows.
For a clearer observation, the abscissas of the impacts are presented in Figure 6(c).
Relaxing this condition allows abscissas shifting, but seems not to lead to larger values for the SSP coefficient.
The range in cm 0-10 10-20 20-30 30-40 1.0 m and above The abscissas 5 16 6 -- -- Percentage 18.5 59.2 22.3 -- -- The ordinates 4 19 3 -- 1 Percentage 14.8 70.4 11.1 -- 3.7 Displacement 3 8 12 3 1 Percentage 11.1 29.6 44.5 11.1 3.7
In other words, the abscissas [x.sub.m]'s are represented as
n [greater than or equal to] 2k - 3), then r and s intersect at height [less than or equal to] 1, whence [x.sub.A] [less than or equal to] [x.sub.B] (where [x.sub.A] and [x.sub.B] denote the abscissas of A and B, respectively).
Visually, we ask him to discuss the relationship between the bi-dimensional curve generated by the procedure (the spiral) and the location of each iterate to which he will point out that iterates should be in the x-axis and are the abscissas of the points where the spiral cuts the graph of the procedure.
Connection to molecular mass of an element (expressed in the Atomic Units of Mass) differs between the abscissas of the lengths selected by the intersecting lines and the abscissas of transection of the straight and adjacent hyperbolas.