- (in a right triangle) the ratio of the side adjacent to a given angle to the hypotenuse.
- the sine of the complement of a given angle or arc. Abbreviation: cos
- Mathematics. (of a real or complex number x) the function cos x defined by the infinite series 1 − (x2/2!) + (x4/4!) − + …, where ! denotes factorial. Abbreviation: cosCompare sine(def 3), factorial(def 1).
Origin of cosine
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Like the functions sine and cosine, the elliptic functions have addition theorems, e.g.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
And, seating himself beside Dirrik, he began to explain the mysteries of sine, cosine and tangent.Dry Fish and Wet
Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
These are then respectively the sine and cosine of the angle α between the radius and one of the axes (O X).The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla
Thomas Commerford Martin
Multiply this by the cosine of the angle and divide by the sine, and we shall get the value of the arc QY for the equator.Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms
Nevertheless, I bear no grudge against the sine and the cosine, which I continue to hold in high esteem.The Life of the Fly
J. Henri Fabre
- a trigonometric function that in a right-angled triangle is the ratio of the length of the adjacent side to that of the hypotenuse; the sine of the complementAbbreviation: cos
C17: from New Latin cosinus; see co-, sine 1
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Word Origin and History for cosine
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- The ratio of the length of the side adjacent to an acute angle of a right triangle to the length of the hypotenuse.
- The abscissa of the endpoint of an arc of a unit circle centered at the origin of a Cartesian coordinate system, the arc being of length x and measured counterclockwise from the point (1, 0) if x is positive or clockwise if x is negative.
- A function of a number x, equal to the cosine of an angle whose measure in radians is equal to x.
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