# abscissa

NOUN
1. the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis
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• The abscissae represent intervals of time, the ordinates the measured lengths of the growing filament. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"
• To find these speeds we load the brake to different weights, and plot the resulting speeds and horse powers as abscissae and ordinates producing the curve, BB. Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884
• The problem with matter is that it has dimensions and that the particles are not exactly on the same distance along the curvilinear abscissa within the gravitational field. we will try to mimic a situation where there is no influence on this horizontal plane. World-wide Campaign Sheds New Light on Nature's "LHC" | Universe Today
• It is a paper you cannot make head nor tail of, and at the end come five or six long folded diagrams that open out and show peculiar zigzag tracings, flashes of lightning overdone, or sinuous inexplicable things called “smoothed curves” set up on ordinates and rooting in abscissae — and things like that. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth
• When reading the mathematical psychology textbook, I was puzzled by the fact that all the choice problems were described in terms of gains and losses (actually, almost always gains), whereas the utility functions that were supposed to explain the choices were drawn with wealth as the abscissa. Daniel Kahneman - Autobiography
• The line in the figure represents a distribution, with the abscissa representing “policy” or some aspect of a policy on a numerical scale. The Volokh Conspiracy » Would love comments:
• Deviations being proportionate to abscissae, and measured solar energies to ordinates, we have here (1) the distribution of energy in the prismatic, and (2) its distribution in the normal spectrum. Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882
• As the abscissas of points 1 and 18 were used to define a reference axis, only their ordinates were used.
• The independent - variable coordinate (usually x) of a point on the Cartesian plane is called the abscissa, and the dependent-variable coordinate (usually y) is called the ordi - nate. Recently Uploaded Slideshows
• The abscissa and ordinate axes show the number of protein interactions for the first and second protein member of each pair.
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