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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-sis-uh]
    • /æbˈsɪs ə/
    • /æbˈsɪs.ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sis-uh]
    • /æbˈsɪs ə/

Definitions of abscissa word

  • noun abscissa 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 3
  • noun abscissa the horizontal Cartesian coordinate on a plane, measured from the y-axis along a line parallel with the x-axis to point P 3
  • noun plural abscissa (in plane Cartesian coordinates) the x-coordinate of a point: its distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. 1
  • noun abscissa (in a system of coordinates) the x - coordinate, the distance from a point to the vertical or y -axis measured parallel to the horizontal or x -axis. 1
  • noun abscissa mathematics: coordinate 1
  • noun Definition of abscissa in Technology (mathematics)   The horizontal or x coordinate on an (x, y) graph; the input of a function against which the output is plotted. The vertical or y coordinate is the "ordinate". See Cartesian coordinates. 1

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Origin of abscissa

First appearance:

before 1690
One of the 49% oldest English words
1690-1700; feminine of Latin abscissus (past participle of abscindere to abscind)

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abscissa popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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