Definition of ordinate in English:


Line breaks: or¦din|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːdɪnət


A straight line from any point drawn parallel to one coordinate axis and meeting the other, especially a coordinate measured parallel to the vertical. Compare with abscissa.
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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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