Definitions for tangency-dʒən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tan•gentˈtæn dʒənt(n.)

  1. a line or plane that touches but does not intersect a curve or surface at a point so that it is closer to the curve or surface in the vicinity of the point than any other line or plane drawn through the point.

    Category: Math

  2. a fundamental trigonometric function that, in a right triangle, is expressed as the ratio of the side opposite an acute angle to the side adjacent to that angle.

    Category: Math

    Ref: Also called tan 1 2 .

  3. (adj.)in immediate physical contact; touching; abutting.

  4. touching at a single point, as a tangent in relation to a curve or surface. in contact along a single line or element, as a plane with a cylinder.

    Category: Math

  5. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: tangential (def. 3). 3

Idioms for tangent:

  1. off on or at a tangent,digressing suddenly from one course of action or thought and turning to another.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tangent:

1585–90; < L tangent-, s. of tangēns, in phrase līnea tangēns touching line; see -ent

tan′gen•cy-dʒən si(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tangency(noun)

    the state of being tangent; having contact at a single point or along a line without crossing

  2. contact, tangency(noun)

    (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact

    "they forget to solder the contacts"


  1. tangency(Noun)

    state of being tangent

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tangency(noun)

    the quality or state of being tangent; a contact or touching


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