Definition of

Secant (function)

Secant (function)
In a right angled triangle, the secant of an angle is:

The length of the hypotenuse divided by the length of the adjacent side.

The abbreviation is sec

Example: in a triangle with sides of 3, 4 and 5, the secant of the angle where the sides of length 4 and 5 meet is 5/4

It is not commonly used, and is equal to 1/cosine

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