# Ordinate vs. Abscissa ## Ordinate and Abscissa Definitions

#### Ordinate

Arranged in regular rows, as the spots on the wings of an insect.

#### Abscissa

Symbol xThe coordinate representing the position of a point along a line perpendicular to the y-axis in a plane Cartesian coordinate system.

#### Ordinate

Symbol y The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the x-axis, measured parallel to the y-axis.

#### Abscissa

(geometry) The first of the two terms by which a point is referred to, in a system of fixed rectilinear coordinate (Cartesian coordinate) axes.
The point $\left(3,2\right)$ has 3 as its abscissa and 2 as its ordinate.

#### Ordinate

(geometry) The second of the two terms by which a point is referred to, in a system of fixed rectilinear coordinate (Cartesian coordinate) axes.
The point $\left(3,2\right)$ has 3 as its abscissa and 2 as its ordinate.

#### Abscissa

(geometry) The horizontal line representing an axis of a Cartesian coordinate system, on which the abscissa (sense above) is shown.

#### Ordinate

(geometry) The vertical line representing an axis of a Cartesian coordinate system, on which the ordinate (sense above) is shown.

#### Abscissa

One of the elements of reference by which a point, as of a curve, is referred to a system of fixed rectilineal coördinate axes.

#### Ordinate

To ordain a priest, or consecrate a bishop

#### Abscissa

The value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis

#### Ordinate

(transitive) to align a series of objects

#### Ordinate

Arranged regularly in rows; orderly; disposed or arranged in an orderly or regular fashion.

#### Ordinate

Well-ordered; orderly; regular; methodical.

#### Ordinate

The distance of any point in a curve or a straight line, measured on a line called the axis of ordinates or on a line parallel to it, from another line called the axis of abscissas, on which the corresponding abscissa of the point is measured.

#### Ordinate

To appoint, to regulate; to harmonize.

#### Ordinate

The value of a coordinate on the vertical axis

#### Ordinate

Appoint to a clerical posts;
He was ordained in the Church

#### Ordinate

Bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation;
Align the wheels of my car
Ordinate similar parts