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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Abscissa

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ABSCISSA (from the Lat. abscissus, cut off), in the Cartesian system of co-ordinates, the distance of a point from the axis of y measured parallel to the horizontal axis (axis of x). Thus PS (or OR) is the abscissa of P. The word appears for the first time in a Latin work written by Stefano degli Angeli (1623-1697), a professor of mathematics in Rome. (See GEOMETRY, � Analytical.)


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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Abscissa'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/bri/a/abscissa.html. 1910.

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