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Main Entry: 1tan·gent
Pronunciation: primarystresstan-jschwant
Function: adjective
Etymology: from Latin tangent-, tangens "touching," from tangere "to touch" --related to CONTACT, TACTILE, TANGIBLE
: touching a curve or surface at only one point <a straight line tangent to a circle> <a plane tangent to a sphere>

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