cotangent

noun
co·​tan·​gent | \(ˌ)kō-ˈtan-jənt, 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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