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tangent

noun [C] uk   /ˈtæn.dʒənt/ specialized us  

tangent noun [C] (CIRCLE)

a straight line that touches but does not cut into a curve

tangent noun [C] (TRIANGLE)

( written abbreviation tan) (in a triangle that has one angle of 90°) the ratio of the length of the side opposite an angle less than 90° divided by the length of the shorter of the two sides that are next to the angle
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Translations of “tangent”
in Spanish tangente…
in French tangente…
in German die Tangente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 圓, 切線…
in Russian касательная…
in Turkish teğet…
in Chinese (Simplified) 圆, 切线…
in Polish styczna…
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