trig

noun
\ˈtrig \

Definition of trig 

(Entry 1 of 2)

trig

adjective

Definition of trig (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : stylishly or jauntily trim everything was trim and trig and bright— Mark Twain

2 : extremely precise : prim

3 dialectal, chiefly British : firm, vigorous

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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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There are a lot of advantages to the Babylonian trig system, according to Wildberger. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "The Babylonians discovered a strange form of trigonometry," 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, "Researchers Discover Babylonian Tablet Is Ancient Trig Table," 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, "District 181 opts to keep math, Spanish honors classes on site," 27 June 2017 There are 13 students scheduled to take algebra II/trig honors and five for Spanish II honors. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "District 181 opts to keep math, Spanish honors classes on site," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of trig

Noun

circa 1878, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trig

Noun

by shortening

Adjective

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

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The first known use of trig was in 1513

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