**SE'CANT**, a. [**L**. *secans, seco,* to cut or cut off, coinciding with Eng. *saw*.] Cutting; dividing into two parts.

**SE'CANT**, n.

1. In *geometry*, a line that cuts another, or divides it into parts. The secant of a circle is a line drawn from the circumference on one side, to a point without the circumference on the other, In *trigonometry*, a secant is a right line drawn from the center of a circle, which, cutting the circumference, proceeds till it meets with a tangent to the same circle.

2. In *trigonometry*, the secant of an arc is a right line drawn from the center through one end of the arc, and terminated by a tangent drawn through the other end.