Definition for AB'SCISS, or AB-SCIS'SA

AB'SCISS, or AB-SCIS'SA, n. [L. abscissus, from ab and scindo, to cut; Gr. σχιζω. See Scissors.]

In conics, a part of the diameter, or transverse axis of a conic section, intercepted between the vertex or some other fixed point, and a semiordinate. – Encyc.

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