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Definition of tangent:

  1. A tangent line curve, or surface; specifically, that portion of the straight line tangent to a curve that is between the point of tangency and a given line, the given line being, for example, the axis of abscissas, or a radius of a circle produced. See Trigonometrical function, under Function.
  2. meeting a curve or surface at a point and having at that point the same direction as the curve or surface; - said of a straight line, curve, or surface; as, a line tangent to a curve; a curve tangent to a surface; tangent surfaces.
  3. Touching; touching at a single point

Synonyms:

aside, sunburn, cotangent, diameter, horizontal, obtuse, excursus, divergence, orthogonal, burn, tan, topaz, diagonal, oblique, axis, parenthesis, chord, degree, median, suntan, deviation, arc, excursion, inclined plane, perpendicular, approach, cos, line, minute, outline, divergency, curvature, digression, irrelevancy, divagation, cosine.

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