Cartesian coordinate

one of the coordinates in a system of coordinates that locates a point on a plane or in space by its distance from two lines or three planes respectively; the two lines or the intersections of the three planes are the coordinate axes
Hypernyms: ↑coordinate, ↑co-ordinate
Hyponyms: ↑dimension, ↑abscissa, ↑ordinate

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Usage: usually capitalized 1st C
1. : either of two coordinates for locating a point on a plane being the distances of the point from each of two infinite intersecting straight-line axes of reference usually designated as X and Y measured in each case parallel to the other axis and each coordinate being given arbitrarily an algebraic sign according to the direction in which it extends from the reference axis to the point
2. : any one of three coordinates for locating a point in space being the distances from each of three intersecting coordinate planes measured in each case parallel to that one of three straight-line axes that is the intersection of the other two planes — compare rectangular coordinate

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Cartesian coordinate,
1. either one of two intersecting lines which determine the position of every point in a plane.
2. any one of three intersecting lines which determine the position of points in space.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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