- touching at a single point, as a tangent in relation to a curve or surface.
- in contact along a single line or element, as a plane with a cylinder.
- (in a right triangle) the ratio of the side opposite a given angle to the side adjacent to the angle.
- Also called tan. (of an angle) a trigonometric function equal to the ratio of the ordinate of the end point of the arc to the abscissa of this end point, the origin being at the center of the circle on which the arc lies and the initial point of the arc being on the x-axis. Abbreviation: tg, tgn
- (originally) a straight line perpendicular to the radius of a circle at one end of an arc and extending from this point to the produced radius which cuts off the arc at its other end.
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Origin of tangent
OTHER WORDS FROM tangentquasi-tangent, adjective
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How to use tangent in a sentence
The option to create new threads from a text channel is one of the newer features added to Discord in recent months, and it can be really helpful when conversations keep going off on tangents.
The third-party cookie still stands at a crucial intersection between digital marketing, SEO, paid media, web design, and several business tangents.
Between where there were two possible directions and zero possible directions, there was one — where the line was tangent to the circle.
At no time were you allowed to venture into the wall, though you were permitted to be tangent to the wall or on a grid point along a wall.
To remove as much area as possible, each of those cuts would have been tangent to the circle while making a 45 degree angle with the sides of the square.
Then, the next morning, he did that radio show and went on his notorious tangent about Chuck Lorre.
Not every tangent Jacobson follows is particularly illuminating, as he is the first to admit.
At last the climbing trail dipped into a level tangent just below the top of the mountain.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
Mr. Benjamin had been in the neighborhood, but, hearing that the enemy were in Madison, had gone off at a tangent.
The mere thought of the hospital sent her mind flying off at a tangent.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
The last wipe should be a quick stroke coming off of joint on a tangent.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
Two guns were for a time in the hands of the Boers, who, I believe, removed the tangent sights.In the Ranks of the C.I.V.|Erskine Childers
British Dictionary definitions for tangent
- of or involving a tangent
- touching at a single point
Derived forms of tangenttangency, noun
Word Origin for tangent
Scientific definitions for tangent
Other Idioms and Phrases with tangent
see on a tangent.