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It’s a sine I think you’re sweet as pi.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  math:  (of an acute angle in a right triangle) the length of the side opposite the angle divided by the length of the hypotenuse
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Strongly Associated with:   cosine
Often abbreviated as "sin."
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  • It’s a sine I think you’re sweet as pi.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • What if I put a sine wave here or a fraction there?
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Out of the four large windows facing the water she can see the sine curve of the coastline, the serrated firs in the distance, the glittery amethyst sea.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Greek letters move across the undersides of his eyelids: isosceles triangles, betas, sine curves.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • The thought hung like a sine wave in Leto’s mind: Paul and Jessica have escaped!
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Factum hoc existentiam Dei probat sine dubio.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The method was considered cheating, and therefore, any sculpture "without wax"—literally sine cera—was considered a "sincere" piece of art.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • 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
  • Upon which the bishop had been constrained to recite to him the ordinance of Legate Odo, which excepts certain great dames, ~aliquoe magnates mulieres, quoe sine scandalo vitari non possunt~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • They ended up with an irregular sine wave which they were only able to hold a few seconds at a time.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October

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  • An impression of this order, vanishing in an instant, is, so to speak, an impression sine materia.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • As at the voice of Christ, ut voci Christi, at a gesture, at the first sign, ad nutum, ad primum signum, immediately, with cheerfulness, with perseverance, with a certain blind obedience, prompte, hilariter, perseveranter et caeca quadam obedientia, as the file in the hand of the workman, quasi limam in manibus fabri, without power to read or to write without express permission, legere vel scribere non addiscerit sine expressa superioris licentia.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Such a subject even the powerful Erictho was compelled to select, as alone capable of being reanimated even by "her" potent magic— ——gelidas leto scrutata medullas, Pulmonis rigidi stantes sine vulnere fibras Invenit, et vocem defuncto in corpore quaerit.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • To a revolutionist, communications are a sine-qua-non.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • And that really was very nice of him to just go ahead and offer some advice, quite sine pecunia as he put it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The wives were arguing violently in sine curves, @kins and West were interlacing cross-conversation in a fascinatingly intricate pattern of sensory images that made Church’s starvation keener.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Ten years ago, Jon Arryn had given him a minor sine-. cure in customs, where Lord Petyr had soon distinguished himself by bringing in three times as much as any of the king’s other collectors.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • And when a man hath in either manner abandoned, or granted away his Right; then is he said to be OBLIGED, or BOUND, not to hinder those, to whom such Right is granted, or abandoned, from the benefit of it: and that he Ought, and it his DUTY, not to make voyd that voluntary act of his own: and that such hindrance is INJUSTICE, and INJURY, as being Sine Jure; the Right being before renounced, or transferred.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The JUDGE raps the gavel) I hereby declare this court is adjourned, sine die.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • It was almost a kind of consultation, but sine pecunia, you know.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But if I might use this opportunity to give you some modest advice—quite sine pecunia, of course—as long as you’re here with us, why don’t you do just what your cousin does?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Quite sine pecunia," Herr Settembrini quoted as he stood up.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • You know what Servius saith: ’~Nullus enim locus sine genio est~,—for there is no place that hath not its spirit.’
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • One sine-qua-non was help on Terra itself.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He was forced to think of Director Behrens, of the advice he had given him sine pecunia to live the life of a patient and even keep track of his temperature—and of Settembrini, who had thrown back his head and laughed out loud at the advice and then quoted something from The Magic Flute.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • Then he began to sing, his eye swimming in ecstasy, in the tone of a canon intoning vespers, ~Quoe cantica! quoe organa! quoe cantilenoe! quoe meloclioe hic sine fine decantantur!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …now I want to thank you," he went on, shoving his glass of champagne and burgundy up against Herr Settembrini’s coffee cup, as if to toast him there on the table, "to thank you for having been so kind as to look after me for the past seven months—a young donkey with all sorts of new experiences coming at me—for lending a helping hand in my exercises and experiments and trying to play a corrective role in my life, quite sine pecunia, sometimes with stories, sometimes more abstractly.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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