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haversine

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

Definition of haversine in English:

noun

Mathematics
Half of a versed sine.
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.

Origin

late 19th century: contraction of half versed sine.

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