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Meaning of SECANT

Pronunciation:  'seekant

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  ratio of the hypotenuse to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
  2. [n]  a straight line that intersects a curve at two or more points

SECANT is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: sec
 See Also: circular function, straight line, trigonometric function



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Se"cant\, a. [L. secans, -antis, p. pr. of secare to
    cut. See {Section}.]
    Cutting; divivding into two parts; as, a secant line.
  2. \Secant\, n. [Cf. F. s['e]cante. See {Secant}, a.]
    1. (Geom.) A line that cuts another; especially, a straight
       line cutting a curve in two or more points.
    2. (Trig.) A right line drawn from the center of a circle
       through one end of a circular arc, and terminated by a
       tangent drawn from the other end; the number expressing
       the ratio line of this line to the radius of the circle.
       See {Trigonometrical function}, under {Function}.