coordinate


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coordinate \Co*["o]r"di*nate\, n.
   1. A thing of the same rank with another thing; one two or
      more persons or things of equal rank, authority, or
      importance.
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            It has neither coordinate nor analogon; it is
            absolutely one.                       --Coleridge.
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   2. pl. (Math.) Lines, or other elements of reference, by
      means of which the position of any point, as of a curve,
      is defined with respect to certain fixed lines, or planes,
      called coordinate axes and coordinate planes. See
      Abscissa.

   Note: Coordinates are of several kinds, consisting in some of
         the different cases, of the following elements, namely:
      (a) (Geom. of Two Dimensions) The abscissa and ordinate of
          any point, taken together; as the abscissa PY and
          ordinate PX of the point P (Fig. 2, referred to the
          coordinate axes AY and AX.
      (b) Any radius vector PA (Fig. 1), together with its angle
          of inclination to a fixed line, APX, by which any
          point A in the same plane is referred to that fixed
          line, and a fixed point in it, called the pole, P.
      (c) (Geom. of Three Dimensions) Any three lines, or
          distances, PB, PC, PD (Fig. 3), taken parallel to
          three coordinate axes, AX, AY, AZ, and measured from
          the corresponding coordinate fixed planes, YAZ, XAZ,
          XAY, to any point in space, P, whose position is
          thereby determined with respect to these planes and
          axes.
      (d) A radius vector, the angle which it makes with a fixed
          plane, and the angle which its projection on the plane
          makes with a fixed line line in the plane, by which
          means any point in space at the free extremity of the
          radius vector is referred to that fixed plane and
          fixed line, and a fixed point in that line, the pole
          of the radius vector.
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   Cartesian coordinates. See under Cartesian.

   Geographical coordinates, the latitude and longitude of a
      place, by which its relative situation on the globe is
      known. The height of the above the sea level constitutes a
      third coordinate.

   Polar coordinates, coordinates made up of a radius vector
      and its angle of inclination to another line, or a line
      and plane; as those defined in
      (b) and
      (d) above.

   Rectangular coordinates, coordinates the axes of which
      intersect at right angles.

   Rectilinear coordinates, coordinates made up of right
      lines. Those defined in
      (a) and
      (c) above are called also Cartesian coordinates.

   Trigonometrical coordinates or Spherical coordinates,
      elements of reference, by means of which the position of a
      point on the surface of a sphere may be determined with
      respect to two great circles of the sphere.

   Trilinear coordinates, coordinates of a point in a plane,
      consisting of the three ratios which the three distances
      of the point from three fixed lines have one to another.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coordinate \Co*["o]r"di*nate\, a. [Pref. co- + L. ordinatus, p.
   p. of ordinare to regulate. See Ordain.]
   Equal in rank or order; not subordinate.
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         Whether there was one Supreme Governor of the world, or
         many coordinate powers presiding over each country.
                                                  --Law.
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         Conjunctions joint sentences and coordinate terms.
                                                  --Rev. R.
                                                  Morris.
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   Coordinate adjectives, adjectives disconnected as regards
      one another, but referring equally to the same subject.

   Coordinate conjunctions, conjunctions joining independent
      propositions. --Rev. R. Morris.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

co-ordinate \co-ordinate\, coordinate
\co*["o]r"di*nate\(-n[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coordinated;
   p. pr. & vb. n. Coordinating.]
   1. To make coordinate; to put in the same order or rank; as,
      to coordinate ideas in classification.
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   2. To give a common action, movement, or condition to; to
      regulate and combine so as to produce harmonious action;
      to adjust; to harmonize; as, to coordinate muscular
      movements.
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   3. to be co-ordinated; as, These activities co-ordinate well.

   Syn: coordinate.
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