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## tangent |

4 definitions found From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Tangent \Tan"gent\, n. [L. tangens, -entis, p. pr of tangere to touch; akin to Gr ? having seized: cf F. tangente. Cf {Attain}, {Contaminate}, {Contingent}, {Entire}, {Tact}, {Taste}, {Tax}, v. t.] (Geom.) 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}. {Artificial}, or {Logarithmic}, {tangent}, the logarithm of the natural tangent of an arc. {Natural tangent}, a decimal expressing the length of the tangent of an arc, the radius being reckoned unity. {Tangent galvanometer} (Elec.), a form of galvanometer having a circular coil and a short needle, in which the tangent of the angle of deflection of the needle is proportional to the strength of the current. {Tangent of an angle}, the natural tangent of the arc subtending or measuring the angle. {Tangent of an arc}, a right line as ta touching the arc of a circle at one extremity a, and terminated by a line ct passing from the center through the other extremity o. From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Tangent \Tan"gent\, a. [L. tangens, -entis, p. pr.] Touching; touching at a single point; specifically (Geom.) meeting a curve or surface at a point and having at that point the same direction as the curve or surface; -- said of a straight line curve, or surface; as a line tangent to a curve; a curve tangent to a surface; tangent surfaces. {Tangent plane} (Geom.), a plane which touches a surface in a point or line {Tangent scale} (Gun.), a kind of breech sight for a cannon. {Tangent screw} (Mach.), an endless screw; a worm. From WordNet r 1.6 [wn]: tangent n 1: a straight line that touches but does not intersect a curve 2: ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]: Tangent, OR (city, FIPS 72600) Location: 44.55120 N, 123.10790 W Population (1990): 556 (207 housing units) Area: 9.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 97389

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