Meaning of COSECANT in English


/koh see"keuhnt, -kant/ , n. Trigonom.

1. (in a right triangle) the ratio of the hypotenuse to the side opposite a given angle.

2. the secant of the complement, or the reciprocal of the sine, of a given angle or arc. Abbr.: csc

Also, cosec .

[ 1700-10; cosecant- (s. of cosecans ). See CO-, SECANT ]

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