Part of speech: preposition


Part of speech: noun

The perpendicular dropped from one end of a circular arc upon the radius of the other end; the ratio of this perpendicular to the radius.

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Usage examples "sine":

  1. This last- named place- the sine qua non of all Eastern towns- is a wretched affair. - "A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People", Henry Blanc.
  2. The first big, outstanding thought with reference to attention is that we should secure it, not so much in the interest of order, important as it is in that connection, but because it is the sine qua non of learning. - "Principles of Teaching", Adam S. Bennion.
  3. You cannot make a privateer, and turn private acts that, by the law of nations and by municipal law, are piratical, into acts of war, which are of the same intrinsic quality and have the force of national acts, unless by this sine qua non of public authority and adoption. - "Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York", A. F. Warburton.