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Definition 1: ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle - [noun denoting linkdef]

Synonyms for tangent in the sense of this definition

(tangent is a kind of ...) function of an angle expressed as a ratio of the length of the sides of right-angled triangle containing the angle

Definition 2: a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point but does not intersect it at that point - [noun denoting shape]

(tangent is a kind of ...) a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

"the shortest distance between two points is a straight line"

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