Definition of tangential:
continuous, longitudinal, linear, approach, diagonal, excursive, serpentine, irrelevant, as distinct from, straight, do with, digressive, extraneous, solid, divergent, oblique, parenthetical, unrelated, parenthetic, diverging, in isolation, discursive, discrete, independent, stand-alone, digressive, unconnected, rambling, fragmentary, separate, parallel, ridged.
Then he came to accept Hooke's hypothesis that planets are kept in their orbits by the combination of an attractive power of the sun and of motion in a straight line that was tangential to their orbits.- "Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed.", S. A. Reilly.
- "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
The rotatory motion of a nebula, in obedience to a well- known mechanical law, increases as its density becomes greater, and this goes on until the tangential force at the equator overcomes the gravitational attraction at its centre.- "The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'", Thomas Orchard.