tangent

Pronunciation Noun

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Pronunciation Noun

**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 22^{nd}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.

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