from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See abscissa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part cut off; specifically, in conic sections, an abscissa (which see). Also abscisse.
George Crabb in 1823 defined co-ordinates now dropping its hyphen as “a term applied to the absciss and ordinates when taken in connexion,” later better known as the magnitudes that determine the position of a point; geographers and navigators still later used coordinates to describe the use of longitude and latitude in locating a spot on the globe.
As soon as a majority of the catkins began to shed their pollen or to absciss their full developed anthers, the catkins were removed and dried on a sheet of smooth paper at room temperature until the pollen was shed.