Definition of haversine in English:


Line breaks: hav¦er|sine
Pronunciation: /ˈhavəsʌɪn
(also haversin)


  • Half of a versed sine.
    More example sentences
    • For all intents and purposes, the haversine is the most accurate way to calculate distance on a sphere.
    • The pulse shape is usually assumed to be of haversine, half-sine or some other tapered rectangular shape.
    • Regardless of whether you choose to use the sight reduction tables or prefer the haversine formula you will require a nautical almanac.


late 19th century: contraction of half versed sine.

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