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English

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A straight line tangent to a curve
Tangent function

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'tæn.dʒənt/

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] tangentem, from tangere (to touch).

Noun

Singular
tangent

Plural
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tangent ({{{1}}})
  1. (geometry) A straight line touching a curve at a single point without crossing it there.
  2. (trigonometry) In a right triangle, the ratio of the length of the side opposite the angle to the length of the side adjacent to the angle. Symbol: tan
  3. A topic nearly unrelated to the main topic, but having a point in common with it.
    I believe we went off onto a tangent when we started talking about unicycles.
  4. A small metal blade by which a clavichord produces sound.

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Translations

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Adjective

tangent (not comparable)

Positive
tangent

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (geometry) Touching a curve at a single point but not crossing it at that point.
  2. Of a topic, only loosely related to a main topic.

See also


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Noun

tangent

  1. key (button on a typewriter or computer keyboard)


This Swedish entry was created from the translations listed at key. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see tangent in the Swedish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008

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