Meaning of ABSCISSA in English

ABSCISSA

[ ab'sɪsə ]

■ noun ( plural ~e -si: or ~s ) Mathematics the distance from a point on a graph to the vertical or y -axis; the x -coordinate. Compare with ordinate .

Origin

C17: from mod. L. ~ (linea) 'cut-off (line)', feminine past participle of abscindere (see abscission ).

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