tangent

Part of speech: noun

Tangency.

Part of speech: adjective

Tangential.

Part of speech: adjective

Geom. Touching a line or a surface at one point only.

Part of speech: adjective

Touching.

Part of speech: noun

A straight line tangent to a curve.

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Usage examples "tangent":

  1. Here you are without a dollar in the world except what your uncle pays you, and you fly off at a tangent and insult him in his own house- and you his guest, remember. - "Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero", F. Hopkinson Smith.
  2. " I've never seen you go off on a wild tangent like this before! - "Fifty Per Cent Prophet", Gordon Randall Garrett.
  3. The next moment the ball flew from his hand and, describing an outcurve, grazed the tangent point of Eschenbach's waist- line into the outstretched palm of Max Croplin. - "The Competitive Nephew", Montague Glass.