Definitions for: Coordinate

[n] a number that identifies a position relative to an axis
[adj] of equal importance, rank, or degree
[v] bring order and organization to; "Can you help me organize my files?"
[v] bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation; "align the wheels of my car"; "ordinate similar parts"
[v] bring into common action, movement, or condition; "coordinate the painters, masons, and plumbers"; "coordinate his actions with that of his colleagues"; "coordinate our efforts"
[v] be co-ordinated; "These activities co-ordinate well"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Whether there was one Supreme Governor of the world, or
many co["o]rdinate powers presiding over each country.

Conjunctions joint sentences and co["o]rdinate terms.
--Rev. R.

Co["o]rdinate adjectives, adjectives disconnected as
regards ane another, but referring equally to the same

Co["o]rdinate conjunctions, conjunctions joining
independent propositions. --Rev. R. Morris.

Co*["o]r"di*nate (-n[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Co["o]rdinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Co["o]rdinating.]
1. To make co["o]rdinate; to put in the same order or rank;
as, to co["o]rdinate ideas in classification.

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 co["o]rdinate muscular

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

It has neither co["o]rdinate nor analogon; it is
absolutely one. --Coleridge.

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 co["o]rdinate axes and co["o]rdinate planes. See

Note: Co["o]rdinates are of several kinds, consisting in some
of the different cases, of the following elements,
(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
co["o]rdinate 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 co["o]rdinate axes, AX, AY, AZ, and measured
from the corresponding co["o]rdinate 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.

Cartesian co["o]rdinates. See under Cartesian.

Geographical co["o]rdinates, 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 co["o]rdinate.

Polar co["o]rdinates, co["o]rdinates 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 co["o]rdinates, co["o]rdinates the axes of
which intersect at right angles.

Rectilinear co["o]rdinates, co["o]rdinates made up of right
lines. Those defined in
(a) and
(c) above are called also Cartesian co["o]rdinates.

Trigonometrical or Spherical co["o]rdinates, 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 co["o]rdinates, co["o]rdinates 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

Synonyms: align, co-ordinate, equal, ordinate, organise, organize

See Also: adjust, arrange, care, cartesian coordinate, conform to, deal, fit, handle, interlock, manage, meet, mesh, number, polar coordinate, set, set up, structure

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