Meaning of cotangent

co•tan•gent

Pronunciation: (kō-tan'junt, kō'tan"-), [key]
— n. Trig.
  1. (in a right triangle) the ratio of the side adjacent to a given angle to the side opposite.
  2. the tangent of the complement, or the reciprocal of the tangent, of a given angle or arc. Abbr.: cot, ctn&hasp;
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