tangent (plural tangents)
- (differential geometry) A straight line touching a curve at a single point without crossing it there.
- (math) A function of an angle that gives the ratio of the sine to the cosine, in either the real or complex number. Symbols: tan, tg.
- 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 monkeys on unicycles at his retirement party.
- 2009: Stuart Heritage ↗, Hecklerspray ↗, Friday the 22nd of May in 2009 at 1 o’clock p.m., “Jon & Kate Latest: People You Don’t Know Do Crap You Don’t Care About ↗”
- Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a show based on two facts: (1) Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children, and (2) the word ‘Kate’ rhymes with the word ‘eight’. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
- (music) A small metal blade in a clavichord that strikes the strings to produce sound.
- (straight line) tangent line
- German: Nebensache
- Russian: смежная тема
tangent (not comparable)
- (geometry) Touching a curve at a single point but not crossing it at that point.
- Of a topic, only loosely related to a main topic.