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English definition of “tangent”

tangent

noun [C] (CIRCLE)    /ˈtæn.dʒənt/ specialized
a straight line that touches but does not cut into a curve Describing angles, lines and orientations tangential     /tænˈdʒen.ʃəl/ adjective Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of tangent noun (CIRCLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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