arc cosine


Trigonometry. the angle, measured in radians, that has a cosine equal to a given number. Abbreviation: arc cos; Symbol: cos−1

Nearby words

  1. arbutus,
  2. arbutus, trailing,
  3. arc,
  4. arc cos,
  5. arc cosecant,
  6. arc cot,
  7. arc cotangent,
  8. arc csc,
  9. arc de triomphe,
  10. arc de triomphe de l'étoile

Origin of arc cosine

First recorded in 1905–10

Also called inverse cosine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for arc cosine

arc cosine

The inverse of the cosine function.
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