Pronunciation: sē´kănt

a. | 1. | Cutting; dividing into two parts; |

n. | 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 of this line to the radius of the circle. See |

Noun | 1. | secant - a straight line that intersects a curve at two or more points |

2. | secant - ratio of the hypotenuse to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangleSynonyms: sec |

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