one minus the cosine of a given angle or arc. Abbreviation: vers.
- Also called ver·sine or versin [vur-sahyn] /ˈvɜr saɪn/ .
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The answer is, this measure or amount is the versed sine of the angle through which the body moves.
The direction is toward the center, and the measure is the versed sine of the angle.
If closer accuracy is demanded, we can attain it, by taking the versed sine for 1°, and multiplying this by 6².
The versed sine, or deflection of the middle of the catenary, was 50 feet.The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer | Isambard Brunel
This decimal is the versed sine of the arc of 3°15', or of 3.25°.
British Dictionary definitions for versed sine
a trigonometric function equal to one minus the cosine of the specified angle: Abbreviation: vers
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