how to pronounce tangent


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tangent is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of tangent in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… slight on a slight tangent something I …”

meanings of tangent


  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.


  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.

tangent frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tangent occurs in english on average 1.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tangent can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tangent can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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