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 x-axis, measured parallel to the y-axis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 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. Well-ordered; 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.
  • Well-regulated; 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


Middle English, properly ordered, from Latin ōrdinātus, past participle of ōrdināre, to set in order, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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