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noun Mathematics.

Also called circular function. a function of an angle, as sine or cosine, expressed as the ratio of the sides of a right triangle.

any function involving only trigonometric functions and constants.

the generalization of these to functions of real or complex numbers.

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## Origin of trigonometric function

First recorded in 1905–10

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## British Dictionary definitions for trigonometric function

trigonometric function

noun

Also called: circular function any of a group of functions of an angle expressed as a ratio of two of the sides of a right-angled triangle containing the angle. The group includes sine, cosine, tangent, secant, cosecant, and cotangent

any function containing only sines, cosines, etc, and constants

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## Scientific definitions for trigonometric function

trigonometric function

[ trĭg′ə-nə-mĕt′rĭk ]

A function of an angle, as the sine, cosine, or tangent, whose value is expressed as a ratio of two of the sides of the right triangle that contains the angle.

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