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abscissa

The horizontal coordinate on a plane which is measured from the

*y*(vertical) axis.
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“abscissa”

1. The distance of a point from the vertical axis of a graph as measured parallel to the horizontal axis: The

*abscissa*was highlighted in red on the graph. 2. In mathematics, the horizontal coordinate or x-coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates: The*abscissa*is the distance from the vertical axis or y-axis measured along a line parallel to the horizontal axis or x-axis.In the statistics class, students were asked to explain the *abscissa* on the graph.

The various *abscissas* on the chart were highlighted in different colors.