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Encyclopedia > Abscissa

Abscissa means the x coordinate on an (x, y) graph; the input of a mathematical function against which the output is plotted.


y is the "ordinate".


The term was probably first coined by Leibniz and comes from a Latin word meaning to tear off.


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This article was originally based on material from the Free On_line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.



 
 

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