Tangent is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of tangent, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point but does not intersect it at that point
EXAMPLES - Tangent in a Sentence
- End of tangent from the theme of the thread, I hope. (source)
- However, a tangent is also a powerful tool if used with skill. (source)
- Generally, the word tangent isn't good to hear during a critique. (source)
- If you look on your original coil the square edge isn't "tangent". (source)
- GROSS: Now, I want to just take a little sidestep here, into a tangent. (source)
- Mr. GOODWIN: He has to be someone, he's at a kind of tangent to society. (source)
- And when he goes off on a tangent about how "hooker" sounds like "hookah?" (source)
- We give you a variety of portfolios you can choose called tangent portfolios. (source)
- The line will have three kinds of stations, intermediate, "tangent," and terminal ones. (source)
- There are two significant ways we apply the word tangent when we shoot and critique images. (source)
- An argument can be made, but I think that the tangent is a bit too subtle for this discussion. (source)
- Following a tangent, is it just poker, or are Indian-Americans also underrepresented at the blackjack table? (source)
- This was a "tangent," the Downsized Employee's boss told her via IM*, an irrelevant and unnecessary overthought. (source)
- Dizzy Banjo: im beginning to feel like SL is some kind of tangent future .. perhaps its something to do with CERN (source)
- I have to pause here for a tiny tangent: there is nothing inherent about sex that makes girls feel bad about themselves. (source)
- The tangent was a response to others who injected the SCOTUS decision into this article on money raised prior to that decision. (source)
- At this point in the segment, however, Beck slides off into a tangent about how he used to be just "an entertainer," and now he's not. (source)
- The point I wanted to make yesterday, but got caught in a tangent is the fact that there are so many freaking beautiful women on this earth. (source)
- This always makes me suspicious that some right wing radio commentator has gone off on a particular tangent they all listened to and repeated. (source)
- The surface of the mercury column is convex, and in noting the height of the barometer, it is not the chord of the curve, but its tangent which is taken. (source)
- Many other little films around the same time (Mukerjee's in particular) operated at a kind of tangent to this cinema and were also richer for this reason. (source)
- Another interesting tangent is the way many leading or outspoken atheists are admitting that science/evolution/neodarwinism is not evidence for their atheism. (source)
- Harlem minister James David Manning wandered off on a tangent about how Obama's election still means "there's never been a black womb" that produced a president. (source)
- Previous biomechanics studies focused on quantifying the macro-mechanical properties of ligaments, such as tangent modulus, tensile strength, and ultimate strain. (source)
- For every point x in our manifold, there is a vector space called a tangent space (a tangent space contains all of the tangent vectors to our manifold at the specific point x). (source)
- Even if I had, I am not sure if including their decision to go childless would have sent my short video off on a wild tangent, distracting the viewer from the narrative of the DJ's work and life. (source)
- Because while I was on that tangent, Eric successfully "hunted" Talbot, got naked with him, licked his inner thigh, made my blood pressure rise about thirty points, and then staked Talbot through the back. (source)
- He said the Financial Product group went off on a "tangent," and in nine months booked more than double the amount of contracts for financial products, of lower quality, than it had in the past seven years. (source)
- I have to digress here for a moment, because one tangent that bugs me is the phrase that detractors have latched upon for describing the "hallowed ground" they are talking about: "in the shadow of Ground Zero." (source)
- Having broken in its new theater with a retrospective devoted to the Italian zombie flick, the Museum of Art and Design concludes the series with an inspired thematic tangent: Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1969 "Pigsty." (source)
- So it was that on Monday, we were treated to an extended conversational tangent on wedding anniversaries with Comedy Dave, who was approaching the two-year mark with his wife and wondering what to buy her as a present. (source)
- On a similar tangent is Rocketboom (Joanne Colan's first vlog is up!) who is summed up brilliantly by Jeff Jarvis 'mate Fred Graver who is ex MTV, current VH1 dude who writes the best (non) post on the topic thru BuzzMachine - (source)
- Mr. Wilson also specifically admonished black women for having too many abortions, went off on a tangent criticizing young men for not taking responsibility for their offspring, and took liberties with the interpretation of disparate polling data. (source)
- The distance of B from the edge, ee, is constant; call it K, therefore, the inclination of the rod, AB, is such that its tangent is equal to the ordinate of the given curve divided by K; that is, the tangent of the inclination is proportional to the ordinate; therefore, as the instrument is moved over the paper, AB has always the inclination of the desired curve. (source)
- There have been comic books, written novels, and movies with the character of Red Sonja, but they never got the attention that they merited, and the movies made of the Red Sonja character have also been sadly saddled with a gamut of baggage ranging from bad scripts, horrid acting, laughable choreography; exacerbated further with bad choices of actors, actresses, directors and writers who carelessly and in tangent with producers, directors and studios quilty of never took a seriously making an effort to make and create a good giving game movie franchise bonanza. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "tangent" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 2 synonyms for tangent.
We have 0 antonyms for tangent.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of tangent from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Making contact at a single point or along a line; touching but not intersecting.
- (adjective) Irrelevant.
- (noun) A line, curve, or surface meeting another line, curve, or surface at a common point and sharing a common tangent line or tangent plane at that point.
- (noun) Mathematics The trigonometric function of an acute angle in a right triangle that is the ratio of the length of the side opposite the angle to the length of the side adjacent to the angle.
- (noun) A sudden digression or change of course: went off on a tangent during the courtroom argument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A straight line touching a curve at a single point without crossing it there.
- (noun) In a right triangle, the ratio of the length of the side opposite the angle to the length of the side adjacent to the angle. Symbols: tan, tg
- (noun) A topic nearly unrelated to the main topic, but having a point in common with it.
- (noun) A small metal blade by which a clavichord produces sound.
- (adjective) Touching a curve at a single point but not crossing it at that point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A tangent line curve, or surface; specifically, that portion of the straight line tangent to a curve that is between the point of tangency and a given line, the given line being, for example, the axis of abscissas, or a radius of a circle produced. See Trigonometrical function, under function.
- (adjective) Touching; touching at a single point.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) One of the keys or finger-levers of the hurdy-gurdy.
- (noun) In railroading, a straight piece of track beginning and ending at a curve.
- (None) Touching; in geometry, touching at a single point: as, a tangent line; curves tangent to each other.
- (noun) In geometry: A straight line through two consecutive points (which see, under consecutive) of a curve or surface.
- (noun) The length cut off upon the straight line touching a curve between the line of abscissas and the point of tangency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point but does not intersect it at that point
- (noun) ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle