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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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Also called trig function (for defs. 1, 2).

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-mĕtrĭk ]

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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