coordinate system

noun Mathematics.
any method that uses numbers to represent a point, line, or the like.
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coordinate system  
A system of representing points in a space of given dimensions by coordinates, such as the Cartesian coordinate system or the system of celestial longitude and latitude.
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Example sentences
One can also have a coordinate system in which a single dimension is is
  represented by a curved line.
From his point of view, putting the coordinate system around the sun simplified
  his calculations.
Such as each of us on the surface of this planet comprise a coordinate system
  that don't all use the same surface plane.
The datum of a coordinate system is the set of reference data which is used to
  compute a coordinate system.
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