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## Definition of *cosine*

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**:**a trigonometric function that for an acute angle is the ratio between the leg adjacent to the angle when it is considered part of a right triangle and the hypotenuse2

**:**a trigonometric function cos θ that for all real numbers θ is given by the sum of the alternating series {latex}1 - \frac{x^2}{2!} + \frac{x^4}{4!} - \frac{x^6}{6!} + \frac{x^8}{8!} - \dots{/latex} and that is exactly equal to the cosine of an angle of measure θ in radiansKeep scrolling for more

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cosine## The first known use of

cosinewas in 1635See more words from the same year