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trigonometry

[trig-uh-nom-i-tree] /ˌtrɪg əˈnɒm ɪ tri/
noun
1.
the branch of mathematics that deals with the relations between the sides and angles of plane or spherical triangles, and the calculations based on them.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Neo-Latin trigōnometria; see trigon, -o-, -metry
Related forms
trigonometric
[trig-uh-nuh-me-trik] /ˌtrɪg ə nəˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
trigonometrical, adjective
trigonometrically, adverb
nontrigonometric, adjective
nontrigonometrical, adjective
nontrigonometrically, adverb
untrigonometric, adjective
untrigonometrical, adjective
untrigonometrically, adverb
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Examples from the web for trigonometry
  • He invented tools for computation, navigation and surveying, and devised the trigonometry concepts of cosine and cotangent.
  • Remembering her fun in working with trigonometry, she realizes that she needs to adjust the length of the pendulum.
British Dictionary definitions for trigonometry

trigonometry

/ˌtrɪɡəˈnɒmɪtrɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties of trigonometric functions and their application to the determination of the angles and sides of triangles. Used in surveying, navigation, etc trig
Derived Forms
trigonometric (ˌtrɪɡənəˈmɛtrɪk), trigonometrical, adjective
trigonometrically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin trigōnometria from Greek trigōnon triangle
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Word Origin and History for trigonometry
n.

"branch of mathematics that deals with relations between sides and angles of triangles," 1610s, from Modern Latin trigonometria (Barthelemi Pitiscus, 1595), from Greek trigonon "triangle" (from tri- "three," see tri-, + gonia "angle," see knee (n.)) + metron "a measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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trigonometry in Science
trigonometry
  (trĭg'ə-nŏm'ĭ-trē)   
The study of the properties and uses of trigonometric functions.
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