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 (kō-ôr′dn-ĭt, -āt′)
1. Mathematics Any of a set of two or more numbers used to determine the position of a point, line, curve, or plane in a space of a given dimension with respect to a system of lines or other fixed references.
2. coordinates Informal Directions: Give me some coordinates so I can find my way.
3. coordinates A set of articles, as of clothing or luggage, designed to match or complement one other, as in style or color.
a. Of equal importance, rank, or degree: jobs with coordinate responsibilities.
b. Grammar Having equal syntactic status; not subordinate: coordinate phrases.
2. Mathematics Of or based on a system of coordinates.
3. Of or relating to a university in which men and women are taught by the same faculty but in single-sex classes or on single-sex campuses.
v. (-āt′) co·or·di·nat·ed, co·or·di·nat·ing, co·or·di·nates
1. To cause to work or function in a common action or effort: coordinating the moving parts of a machine.
2. To make harmonious; harmonize: coordinate the colors of a design.
3. Grammar To link (syntactic units) at an equal level.
1. To work or function together harmoniously: a nursing staff that coordinates smoothly.
2. To form a harmonious combination; match: shoes that coordinate with the rest of the outfit.

co·or′di·nate·ly (-ĭt-lē) adv.
co·or′di·nate·ness (-ĭt-nĭs) n.
co·or′di·na′tive adj.
co·or′di·na′tor n.
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(1) Charles Muscatine introduces the Gothic analogy into Chaucer criticism to describe the coordinateness and expansiveness that subsume the tension between opposed values and ideas in the Canterbury Tales (167-69).
Its expansive coordinateness, lofty immensity, and profuse light were intended to convey the great glory of God and engineered to lead the mind from an attachment to the world of senses to the contemplation of the divine.
(1959-76) As the particular syntax highlights, this all-inclusive catalogue of a plethora of disparate things in a place of coordinateness and expansiveness ("And loo, thys hous, of which I write, / Syker be ye, hit nas not lyte, / For hyt was sixty myle of lengthe" [1977-79]) conjures up the universe-in-miniature of the Gothic cathedral, whose overload of images (statues, sculptural decoration, stained glass, etc.) represents in microscopic figurations the various aspects, both bright and dark, of the human world.
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