cotangent

noun
co·​tan·​gent | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈtan-jənt How to pronounce cotangent (audio) , ˈkō-ˌtan- \

Definition of cotangent

1 : 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 leg opposite
2 : a trigonometric function cot θ that is equal to the cosine divided by the sine for all real numbers θ for which the sine is not equal to zero and is exactly equal to the cotangent of an angle of measure θ in radians

First Known Use of cotangent

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cotangent

New Latin cotangent-, cotangens, from co- + tangent-, tangens tangent

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“Cotangent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cotangent. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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