Definitions for ordinateˈɔr dnˌɪt, -ˌeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or•di•nateˈɔr dnˌɪt, -ˌeɪt(n.)
(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the y-coordinate of a point: its distance from the x-axis measured parallel to the y-axis.
Ref: Compare abscissa.
Origin of ordinate:
1670–80; extracted from NL (līnea) ōrdinātē (applicāta) (line applied) in order; ōrdinātē (adv.), der. of L ōrdināre to arrange
the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis
ordain, consecrate, ordinate, order(verb)
appoint to a clerical posts
"he was ordained in the Church"
align, ordinate, coordinate(verb)
bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation
"align the wheels of my car"; "ordinate similar parts"
the value of a coordinate on the vertical (Y) axis
to ordain a priest, or consecrate a bishop
to align a series of objects
arranged regularly in rows; orderly; disposed or arranged in an orderly or regular fashion.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
In a system of plane co-ordinates (see Co-ordinates), the distance of any point from the axis of abscissas measured parallel to the axis of ordinates.