Main definitions of trig in English

: trig1trig2

trig1

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:

trig

/trɪɡ/

Main definitions of trig in English

: trig1trig2

trig2

adjective

US
Archaic
  • 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 dressed
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]US
Archaic
  • 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, primp
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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:

trig

/trɪɡ/