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noun
informal[mass noun] Trigonometry.
- ‘Are you going to tell me now that they're geniuses and I can learn trig faster by listening to them?’
- ‘Sine equations are very useful, and chips these days are very fast at trig so you don't have to worry about optimizing, for example, by building a table of already-calculated sine values.’
- ‘She might envy you for how you decorate your room or dodge a soccer ball - things that come easier for you than trig.’
- ‘You can try using the trig. formulas for half-angle and double-angles.’
- ‘With all the inverse trig. functions you must carefully select the answer or answers that are appropriate to the problem you are solving.’
- ‘Another detail not mentioned is that its basic laws all appear to be recast forms of standard trig formulae.’
- ‘We spent a few minutes yesterday using trig to work out how far away the most distant vapour trail was.’
- ‘Now, I have to confess that I'm so pitiful at math that in high school I could barely crack a passing grade in trig.’
- ‘Had I used trig on the right-angled triangle to find half of OCD, like they did in the textbook explanation, I'd have come up with the correct answer.’
- ‘Physics flew by in a swirl of directional forces and a few frantic minutes of finishing up my trig.’
- ‘The mathematical functions include the standards found on a good pocket calculator, such as exponents, logs, trig, matrices, as well as sigmoid, gamma and log gamma functions.’
Origin
Late 19th century: abbreviation.
Pronunciation:
adjective
USArchaic
Neat and smart in appearance.
‘two trig little boys, each in a gray flannel suit’stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressedView synonyms
verb
[WITH OBJECT]USArchaic
Make neat and smart in appearance.
‘he has rigged her and trigged her with paint and spar’groom, tidy, arrange, brush, comb, smooth, spruce up, beautify, pretty, preen, primpView synonyms
Origin
Middle English (in the sense ‘faithful, trusty’): from Old Norse tryggr; related to true. The current verb sense dates from the late 17th century.
Pronunciation:
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