Borrowed from Latin ordino, ordinatus. Doublet of ordain.
ordinate (plural ordinates)
- (geometry) The second of the two terms by which a point is referred to, in a system of fixed rectilinear coordinate (Cartesian coordinate) axes. The abscissa is also known as the "x" coordinate of a point, shown on the horizontal line, with the ordinate, also known as the "y" coordinate, shown on the vertical line.
- (geometry) The vertical line representing an axis of a Cartesian coordinate system, on which the ordinate (sense above) is shown.
ordinate (third-person singular simple present ordinates, present participle ordinating, simple past and past participle ordinated)
- (transitive) to ordain a priest, or consecrate a bishop
- (transitive) to align a series of objects
ordinate (comparative more ordinate, superlative most ordinate)
- arranged regularly in rows; orderly; disposed or arranged in an orderly or regular fashion.