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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The vertical axis of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
  • noun One of three axes in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.

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  • noun algebraic geometry The axis on a graph that is usually drawn from bottom to top and usually shows the range of values of variable dependent on one other variable, or the second of two independent variables.

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  • noun the vertical axis in a plane coordinate system

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