[ tan-juhn-see ]
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  1. the state of being tangent.

Origin of tangency

First recorded in 1810–20; tang(ent) + -ency

Words Nearby tangency

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How to use tangency in a sentence

  • If there was only one such point of tangency, then you weren’t on the trail.

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  • It is thus, for example, that vitality maintains a relation of momentary tangency to the physico-chemical structure.

  • To begin with, he could not decide whether, on their wedding day, there ever had been any real spiritual tangency between them.

    The Brentons | Anna Chapin Ray
  • The points of tangency, in Figure 54, become a decorative feature of the design.

    Industrial Arts Design | William H. Varnum
  • It is not certain, for instance, whether Euclid meant that the circles could not cut at some other point than that of tangency.

    The Teaching of Geometry | David Eugene Smith
  • An angle formed by a tangent and a chord drawn from the point of tangency is measured by half the intercepted arc.

    The Teaching of Geometry | David Eugene Smith