# tangent

## Definitions

### General English

### General Science

- noun a trigonometric function equal to the
__length__ of the side opposite the angle of a right-angled triangle divided by the length of the adjacent side

### Aviation

- noun a straight line, curve or
__surface__ which meets another curve or curved surface at a __point__, but which, if extended, does not cut through at that point

### Construction

- A straight line or curve that touches another curve at a single point without crossing the curve.

### Electronics

- For a right
__triangle__, the __ratio__ of the length of the side opposite to an acute angle, to the length of the side __adjacent__ to said acute angle. It is the same as the ratio of the __sine__ to the __cosine__. Its abbreviation is tan. - A line, curve, or
__plane__ which touches another curve or surface at a single point, but does not intersect it.

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