Definition of ordinate in English:


Syllabification: or·di·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈôrdnit, -ˌāt


  • (In a system of coordinates) the y-coordinate, representing the distance from a point to the horizontal or x-axis measured parallel to the vertical or y-axis.
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    • The negative and positive signs on the ordinate mean, respectively, underestimation and overestimation of the expected values.
    • Time in minutes is plotted along the abscissa and the cumulative number of responses is plotted on the ordinate.
    • The ordinate indicates additive effects on each trait estimated by interval mapping.


late 17th century: from Latin linea ordinata applicata 'line applied parallel', from ordinare 'put in order'.

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