Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of mathematics that deals with the relationships between the sides and the angles of triangles and the calculations based on them, particularly the trigonometric functions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of mathematics that deals with the relationships between the sides and the angles of triangles and the calculations based on them, particularly the trigonometric functions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of mathematics which treats of the relations of the sides and angles of triangles, which the methods of deducing from certain given parts other required parts, and also of the general relations which exist between the trigonometrical functions of arcs or angles.
  • n. A treatise in this science.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mathematical doctrine of the calculation of the angles, sides, and areas of triangles, plane and spherical, together with that of other quantities intimately related to those. Trigonometry embraces also goniometry, or the elementary theory of singly periodic functions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the mathematics of triangles and trigonometric functions

Etymologies

New Latin trigōnometria : Greek trigōnon, triangle; see trigon + Greek -metriā, -metry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin trigonometria, from Ancient Greek τρίγωνον (trigōnon, "triangle") + -metria ("-metry"). (Wiktionary)

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