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# secant

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• noun A straight line intersecting a curve at two or more points.
• noun The straight line drawn from the center through one end of a circular arc and intersecting the tangent to the other end of the arc.
• noun The ratio of the length of this line to the length of the radius of the circle.
• noun The reciprocal of the cosine of an angle in a right triangle.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• Cutting; dividing into two parts.
• noun A line which cuts a figure in any way.
• noun Specifically, in trigonometry, a line from the center of a circle through one extremity of an are (whose secant it is said to be) to the tangent from the other extremity of the same are; or the ratio of this line to the radius; the reciprocal of the cosine.
• Specifically, noting a stream which cuts across folded strata.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

• adjective Cutting; dividing into two parts.
• noun (Geom.) A line that cuts another; especially, a straight line cutting a curve in two or more points.
• noun (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.

### from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

• noun geometry A straight line that intersects a curve at two or more points.
• noun trigonometry In a right triangle, the reciprocal of the cosine of an angle. Symbol: sec

• noun ratio of the hypotenuse to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
• noun a straight line that intersects a curve at two or more points

## Etymologies

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

[From Latin secāns, secant-, present participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

### from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin secans, present participle of secare ("to cut")