Definition of cotangent in English:

cotangent

Line breaks: co|tan|gent
Pronunciation: /kəʊˈtandʒ(ə)nt
 
/

noun

Mathematics
(In a right-angled triangle) the ratio of the side (other than the hypotenuse) adjacent to a particular acute angle to the side opposite the angle.
More example sentences
  • If the tangent of an angle is a/b then the cotangent of that angle is b/a.
  • The first tabulates logarithms of the sine, cosine, tangent and cotangent functions at 1 intervals and shows how to solve triangles using logarithmic functions.
  • I can't tell the difference between radians, tangents, cotangents, secants, etc.

Definition of cotangent in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day flippant
Pronunciation: ˈflɪp(ə)nt
adjective
not showing a serious or respectful attitude