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The test had no tangents or cosines.
  math:  (of an acute angle in a right triangle) the length of the non-hypotenuse adjacent side divided by the length of the hypotenuse
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cosine cosines
Strongly Associated with:   sine
Often abbreviated as "cos."
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  • The test had no tangents or cosines.
  • He helped me figure out how to solve a problem about a kid on a spinning Ferris wheel with a bizarre formula that required the calculation of revolutions per minute to degrees per second, and cosines.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He reels off ten lines of tangent, sine, and cosine functions, an intricate equation springing effortlessly from his memory, and arrives at a proof.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She smoked and talked and ate for an hour without stopping, and I scribbled in my notebook as the muddy waters of tangents and cosines began to clarify.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska

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  • As the teacher begins to repeat the verse-Hymn 189, it so happens, from the Standard Baptist HymnalCedric wordlessly gets up and moves to the blackboard, all reflex, it seems, and begins scribbling sine and cosine, X’s and parentheses.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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Associated words [difficulty]:   cosine [9] , sine [7]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Engineering, Logic & Reasoning, Science
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