abscissa (æbˈsɪsə) | |
—n , pl -scissas, -scissae | |
Compare ordinate 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 | |
[C17: New Latin, originally linea abscissa a cut-off line] |
abscissa (āb-sĭs'ə) Pronunciation Key
(click for larger image in new window) Plural abscissas or abscissae (āb-sĭs'ē) 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. |