# trig

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## noun

trig

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1
: stylishly or jauntily trim
everything was trim and trig and brightMark Twain
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: extremely precise : prim
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dialectal, chiefly British

## Examples of trig in a Sentence

Adjective to the office she wears trig two-piece suits that are fashionable but still businesslike
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Noun
If your trig is hazy, just remember that all trig functions tell us about the ratio of sides for right triangles. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2023 This video has more angles than your high school trig test. Jason Lamphier, EW.com, 16 July 2021 There are a lot of advantages to the Babylonian trig system, according to Wildberger. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2017 According to the researchers, Plimpton 322 is a trig table, similar to the ones seen in every high school math textbook, except Plimpton 322 uses triangles instead of circles and angles. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 25 Aug. 2017 Spanish II honors will be offered at HMS, and algebra II/trig honors be offered at CHMS, with District 181 providing transportation for students traveling between buildings. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, 27 June 2017 There are 13 students scheduled to take algebra II/trig honors and five for Spanish II honors. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, 27 June 2017
If your trig is hazy, just remember that all trig functions tell us about the ratio of sides for right triangles. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2023 Any student who is not interested in seeing a drag queen, or whose parents forbid them from seeing one, or who believes Lady Gaga songs are played out, or has too much trig to make up, can skip the event. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Apr. 2023 By using the Law of Sines, and avoiding the Pythagorean theorem’s trig identity (sin²α + cos²α = 1), Johnson and Jackson successfully proved the theorem without resorting to circular reasoning. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 31 Mar. 2023 The oldest way is to just look them up in a trig table. Rhett Allain, Wired, 14 Mar. 2022

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## Word History

Etymology

Noun

by shortening

Middle English, trusty, nimble, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tryggr faithful; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1878, in the meaning defined above

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trig was in 1513

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## Cite this Entry

“Trig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trig. Accessed 13 Sep. 2024.

## Kids Definition

trig

noun
ˈtrig
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