Also tan·gen·tal [tan-jen-tl] /tænˈdʒɛn tl/.
Origin of tangential
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Examples from the Web for tangentially
At Davos, the issue is tangentially on the agenda, with sessions on youth unemployment.The Missing Agenda
January 27, 2012
The internal language and logic of the markets is related to what is going on in the real world, but right now only tangentially.Why Markets Are Melting
August 9, 2011
The fusees are fixed obliquely and not tangentially to their peripheries.
Some of the blocks are cut radially and some tangentially, as indicated in the figure.
It shows best in rotary cut veneer and tangentially sawed lumber.American Forest Trees
Henry H. Gibson
The appendage should have the appearance of flowing smoothly and, if possible, tangentially from the primary mass.Industrial Arts Design
William H. Varnum
The other elements of the wood shrink radially and tangentially, but almost none lengthwise or vertically as applied to the tree.
- of, being, relating to, or in the direction of a tangent
- Also: transverse astronomy (of velocity) in a direction perpendicular to the line of sight of a celestial objectCompare radial (def. 6)
- of superficial relevance only; digressive
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Word Origin and History for tangentially
1620s, see tangent; figurative sense of "divergent, erratic" is from 1787. Related: Tangentially.
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