Definitions
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
 adj. Arranged in regular rows, as the spots on the wings of an insect.
 n. The plane Cartesian coordinate representing the distance from a specified point to the xaxis, measured parallel to the yaxis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike License
 n. the value of a coordinate on the vertical (Y) axis
 v. to ordain a priest, or consecrate a bishop
 v. to align a series of objects
 adj. arranged regularly in rows; orderly; disposed or arranged in an orderly or regular fashion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
 adj. Wellordered; orderly; regular; methodical.
 n. The distance of any point in a curve or a straight line, measured on a line called the axis of ordinates or on a line parallel to it, from another line called the axis of abscissas, on which the corresponding abscissa of the point is measured.
 transitive v. To appoint, to regulate; to harmonize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
 Regular.
 Wellregulated; orderly; proper; due.
 In entomology, placed in one or more regular rows: as, ordinate spines, punctures, spots, etc.
 n. In analytical geometry, a line used to determine the position of a point in space, drawn from the point to the axis of abscissas and parallel to the axis of ordinates. See abscissa, and Cartesian coördinates (under Cartesian).
 To ordain; appoint.
 To direct; dispose.
 n. Any one of a set of parallel chords of a conic in relation to the diameter bisecting them. What in this sense was called semiordinate is now usually called ordinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
 v. bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation
 v. appoint to a clerical posts
 n. the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis
Etymologies
Examples

The reciprocal of the ordinate, that is, 1/y0, is de ﬁ ned as the cosecant of the angle.

(Art. 98.) the limit  ing ratio of sr: st being a ratio of equality, the second fluxions of the ordinates are equal (Art. 96.); hence, the second fluxion of the ordinate is the same, whether we regard the curve or circle.
The principles of fluxions : designed for the use of students in the university

[31] Pepwell gives the modern equivalent, "ordinate" and
The Cell of SelfKnowledge : seven early English mystical treatises printed by Henry Pepwell in 1521

Canada, Italy and France, is no longer an appropriate body to coordinate foreign exchange policies as it excludes China.

Except that our movement is through a 4D coordinate system called spacetime.

It follows an extraordinary twoyear public relations and lobbying campaign by the exiled sheikh who employed Peter Cathcart, a partner in a Middlesex family law firm, to coordinate a multimillion pound public relations and lobbying budget aimed at returning him to power.
Death of Gulf emirate ruler Sheikh Saqr prompts fight over succession

The archive, which describes many episodes never made public in such detail, shows the multitude of shortcomings with this new system: how a failure to coordinate among contractors, coalition forces and Iraqi troops, as well as a failure to enforce rules of engagement that bind the military, endangered civilians as well as the contractors themselves.

Judicial action, based upon such a suggestion, is forbidden by the respect due to a coordinate branch of the government.

Families of children with special needs rely on local authorities to coordinate services.

Does that mean the police in that department coordinate vigilanteism?!
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rubah commented on the word ordinate
Why does the independent axis get so much more love than the dependent?
September 8, 2008
kewpid commented on the word ordinate
The ycoordinate
September 25, 2007