trig·​o·​no·​met·​ric | \ ˌtri-gə-nə-ˈme-trik How to pronounce trigonometric (audio) \
variants: or less commonly trigonometrical \ ˌtri-​gə-​nə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce trigonometric (audio) \

Definition of trigonometric

: of, relating to, or being in accordance with trigonometry

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Other Words from trigonometric

trigonometrically \ ˌtri-​gə-​nə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce trigonometric (audio) \ adverb

Examples of trigonometric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was well known by then that the goat problem could be reduced to a single transcendental equation, which by definition includes trigonometric terms like sine and cosine. Quanta Magazine, "After Centuries, a Seemingly Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution," 9 Dec. 2020 The increase in the weight on the static axle provides the critical variable to solving a trigonometric equation that determines the height of the vehicle's center of gravity. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Everything You Need to Know about Our Comprehensive Car Testing," 21 Aug. 2020 Connecting all the shafts together to turn them into a continuous set of calculation outputs is a collection of gears, cams, racks, pins, and other mechanical elements that translate motion into math through geometric and trigonometric principles. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves," 24 May 2020 Now researchers from the University of New South Wales are calling it one of the oldest and possibly most accurate trigonometric tables of the ancient world. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Ancient Tablet May Show Earliest Use of This Advanced Math," 25 Aug. 2017 The ancient trigonometric method of triangulation to measure a mountain's height (where the angles in a triangle formed by three survey control points) will not be used. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "How to measure a mountain: Everest height called into question," 21 June 2017 A British geographer making a trigonometric survey gave the mountain its name, a clipped abstraction capturing its indifference to life and time. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Scaling the World’s Most Lethal Mountain, in the Dead of Winter," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of trigonometric

1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trigonometric was in 1687

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“Trigonometric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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