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(in a system of coordinates) the y-coordinate, representing the distance from a point to the horizontal or x-axis measured parallel to the vertical or y-axis.
‘The negative and positive signs on the ordinate mean, respectively, underestimation and overestimation of the expected values.’
‘The ordinate represents yearly expenditures on a constant dollar basis.’
‘The ordinate indicates additive effects on each trait estimated by interval mapping.’
‘Note that in C and D the abscissa and ordinate are swapped for presentation.’
‘Time in minutes is plotted along the abscissa and the cumulative number of responses is plotted on the ordinate.’
Origin
Late 17th century: from Latin linea ordinata applicata ‘line applied parallel’, from ordinare ‘put in order’.