Noun: tangent tan-junt
- A straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point but does not intersect it at that point
- Ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
- A topic nearly unrelated to the main topic, but having a point in common with it
"If you speak from notes, remember that it’s easy to get distracted or go off on a tangent"
Derived forms: tangents
Type of: circular function, straight line, trigonometric function
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