how to pronounce tangent

tændʒənt

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“… slope of the tangent line that's what …”

meanings of tangent

noun:

  1. A topic nearly unrelated to the main topic, but having a point in common with it.
  2. A straight line touching a curve at a single point without crossing it there.
  3. A small metal blade in a clavichord that strikes the strings to produce sound.
  4. A function of an angle that gives the ratio of the sine to the cosine, in either the real or complex numbers. Symbols: tan, tg.

adjective:

  1. Touching a curve at a single point but not crossing it at that point.
  2. Of a topic, only loosely related to a main topic.