abscissa

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/æbˈsɪsə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ab sisə)

Inflections of 'abscissa' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
abscissas
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
abscissae
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•scis•sa  (ab sisə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -scis•sas, -scis•sae (ab sisə),USA pronunciation [Math.]
  1. Mathematics(in plane Cartesian coordinates) the x-coordinate of a point: its distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. Cf. ordinate.
  • feminine of Latin abscissus (past participle of abscindere to abscind) 1690–1700

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abscissa /æbˈsɪsə/ n ( pl -scissas, -scissae / -ˈsɪsiː/)
  1. the horizontal or x-coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates. It is the distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis
    Compare ordinate
Etymology: 17th Century: New Latin, originally linea abscissa a cut-off line
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