• (British) IPA: /tænˈdʒɛn.tʃəl/
  • (America) IPA: /tænˈdʒɛnt.ʃəl/, /tænˈdʒɛn.ʃəl/


  1. Referring to a tangent, moving at a tangent to something.
  2. Merely touching, positioned as a tangent.
    • 1898, Gary Nathan Calkins, Mitosis in Noctiluca miliaris and its bearing on the nuclear relations of the Protozoa and Metazoa, Ph.D. Thesis, page 3
      The archoplasm divides and forms a very large spindle which first lies tangential to the surface of the nucleus.
  3. Only indirectly related.
    That subject is tangential to our discussion, and we cannot let it distract us.
Related terms Translations
  • German: tangential
  • Italian: tangenziale
  • Russian: тангенциальный
  • Spanish: tangencial
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