Word:

Secant

Pronunciation: sē´kănt
a.1.Cutting; dividing into two parts; as, a secant line.
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 Trigonometrical function, under Function.
Noun1.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 triangle
Synonyms: sec
air line, axis, beeline, chiasmal, chiasmic, chiastic, chord, crisscross, cross, crosscut, crossed, crossing, cut across, decussate, decussated, diagonal, diameter, direct line, directrix, edge, great-circle course, intersected, intersecting, normal, perpendicular, radius, radius vector, right line, segment, shortcut, side, straight, straight course, straight line, straight stretch, straightaway, streamline, tangent, transversal, vector
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