[ tan-juh n-see ]
/ ˈtæn dʒən si /


the state of being tangent.

Nearby words

  1. tangata māori,
  2. tangata tiriti,
  3. tangata whenua,
  4. tange,
  5. tangelo,
  6. tangent,
  7. tangent galvanometer,
  8. tangent line,
  9. tangent plane,
  10. tangental

Origin of tangency

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

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Examples from the Web for tangency

  • 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
  • The points of tangency, in Figure 54, become a decorative feature of the design.

    Industrial Arts Design|William H. Varnum
  • 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