Definition of Cartesian coordinate

1. Noun. One of the coordinates in a system of coordinates that locates a point on a plane or in space by its distance from two lines or three planes respectively; the two lines or the intersections of the three planes are the coordinate axes.

Generic synonyms: Co-ordinate, Coordinate
Specialized synonyms: Dimension, Abscissa, Ordinate

Definition of Cartesian coordinate

1. Noun. (geometry) The coordinates of a point measured from an origin along a horizontal axis from left to right (the ''x-axis'') and along a vertical axis from bottom to top (the ''y-axis''). This can be extended to three-dimensions by the z-axis perpendicular to the x- and y-axes. ¹

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Literary usage of Cartesian coordinate

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"It may be here remarked that the determination of the tangents at a multiple point is generally much simpler by Cartesian coordinate geometry than by the ..."

2. Plane and Solid Analytic Geometry: An Elementary Textbook by Charles Hamilton Ashton (1900)
"Cartesian coordinate systems. — The subject of Analytic Geometry is, as its name implies, a treatment of Geometry by analytic or algebraic methods. ..."

3. Higher Geometry: An Introduction to Advanced Methods in Analytic Geometry by Frederick Shenstone Woods (1922)
"Cartesian coordinate of a point on a line. Consider all points which lie on a line ... The coordinate x we call the Cartesian coordinate of P because of its ..."

4. Robot Manipulators: Mathematics, Programming, and Control : the Computer by Richard P. Paul (1981)
"In Chapter 2 we develop the methods of obtaining the Cartesian coordinate position and orientation of the end effector for any manipulator, given the joint ..."

5. SAS/GRAPH 9.1 Reference by SAS Institute (2004)
"When PROJECT=NONE, the procedure treats the value as a Cartesian coordinate. Featured in: Example 3 on page 1178. OUT=outp ut-map-data-set names the new map ..."

6. Ricci and Levi-Civita's Tensor Analysis Paper by Robert Hermann (1975)
"(There are no problems with orientation of the manifold, since we always work with Rn, which comes with its natural Cartesian coordinate system (x ,... ..."

7. Artificial Electric Lines: Their Theory, Mode of Construction and Uses by Arthur Edwin Kennelly (1917)
"x Cartesian coordinate on X axis; also distance along > line from a reference point in a down-energy directi< also radius of a point in the cross-section of ..."

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