# sine

## Definitions

### General Science

- noun a trigonometric function equal to the length of the side opposite to an angle in a right-angled triangle divided by the hypotenuse

### Electronics

- For a right
__triangle__, the ratio of the length of the side opposite to an acute angle, to the length of the hypotenuse. This contrasts with__cosine__, which is the ratio of the length of the side adjacent to an acute angle, to the length of the hypotenuse.

## Origin & History of “sine”

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__case__of__many____other__mathematical terms,__English__is indebted to Arabic for*sine*. But__here__the__debt__is__only____semantic__, not formal. The word*sine*itself was borrowed__from__Latin*sinus*‘curve, fold, hollow’ (source__also__of English*sinuous*(16^{th}c.) and indeed of*sinus*(16^{th}c.), whose anatomical use comes from the notion of a ‘hollow’__place__or cavity). In post-classical times it came to denote the ‘fold of a garment’, and so it was mistakenly used to__translate__Arabic*jayb*‘chord of an arc’, a__doppelganger__of Arabic*jayb*‘fold of a garment’.