tangent


tangent
tangent [tan′jənt]
adj.
[L tangens, prp. of tangere, to touch: see TACT]
1. that touches; touching
2. Geom. touching and not intersecting a curve or curved surface at one and only one point: said of a line or plane
n.
[< ModL ( linea) tangens, tangent (line)]
1. Geom.
a) a tangent line, curve, or surface
b) the length of a straight line tangent to a curve, measured from the point of tangency to the intersection of the tangent line with the x-axis
2. Trigonometry the reciprocal of the cotangent; specif.,
a) the ratio of the opposite side of a given acute angle in a right triangle to the adjacent side: see SINE1
b) an equivalent, positive or negative ratio for certain related angles (Ex.: the tangent of 57° or 237° is 1.5399, of 123° or 303° is -1.5399) or real numbers representing radians (Ex.: the tangent of .9948 radians (57°) is 1.5399)
SYN.- ADJACENT
——————
go off at (or on) a tangent or fly off at (or on) a tangent
to break off suddenly from a line of action or train of thought and pursue another course
tangency
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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