# 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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