sine curve

noun

: the graph in rectangular coordinates of the equation y=a sin bx where a and b are constants

Illustration of sine curve

Illustration of sine curve
  • graph of y=a sin bx where a=1 and b=1

Examples of sine curve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tours take place at the end of an album cycle, at which point the normal sine curve of hype and backlash is about to make another swing. Vulture, 3 June 2023 All of the lines have exactly the same shape - a sine curve. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2017 The Hemingway story is a sine curve, like most of our lives. Paul Hendrickson, Town & Country, 19 Dec. 2012 Plotted over a year (in this case, from March to March), the length of daylight looks like one of our old friends from trigonometry class - the sine curve. OrlandoSentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sine curve was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Sine curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sine%20curve. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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