What does "Secant" mean?


(a.) A line that cuts another; especially, a straight line cutting a curve in two or more points (a.) 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 line of this line to the radius of the circle. See Trigonometrical function, under Function (a.) Cutting; divivding into two parts; as, a secant line

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