sine curve

noun

Definition of sine curve

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

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Illustration of sine curve

sine curve: graph of y=a sin bx where a=1, b=1

Examples of sine curve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hemingway story is a sine curve, like most of our lives. Paul Hendrickson, Town & Country, "The Muse of Kilimanjaro," 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, "Happy Equinox! Here's how quickly the days are getting shorter where you live.," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sine curve

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Sine curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sine%20curve. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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