cos, cosf, cosl

Calculates the cosine.


double cos( double x );
float cosf( float x );
long double cosl( long double x );
#define cos(X) // Requires C11 or higher

float cos( float x );  // C++ only
long double cos( long double x );  // C++ only


Angle in radians.

Return value

The cosine of x. If x is greater than or equal to 263, or less than or equal to -263, a loss of significance in the result occurs.

Input SEH exception _matherr exception
± QNaN, IND none _DOMAIN


Because C++ allows overloading, you can call overloads of cos that take and return float or long double values. In a C program, unless you're using the <tgmath.h> macro to call this function, cos always takes and returns a double.

If you use the <tgmath.h> cos() macro, the type of the argument determines which version of the function is selected. See Type-generic math for details.

By default, this function's global state is scoped to the application. To change this behavior, see Global state in the CRT.


Routine Required C header Required C++ header
cos, cosh, cosf <math.h> <cmath> or <math.h>
cos() macro <tgmath.h>

For more compatibility information, see Compatibility.


See the example in sin, sinf, sinl.

See also

Math and floating-point support
acos, acosf, acosl
asin, asinf, asinl
atan, atanf, atanl, atan2, atan2f, atan2l
sin, sinf, sinl
tan, tanf, tanl