Meaning of TANGENT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ tændʒ(ə)nt ]

( tangents)


A tangent is a line that touches the edge of a curve or circle at one point, but does not cross it.



If someone goes off at a tangent , they start saying or doing something that is not directly connected with what they were saying or doing before.

The conversation went off at a tangent.

PHRASE : V and N inflect

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