- the speaker went off on a tangent
Examples of tangent in a Sentence
in the middle of her description of her dog's symptoms, she went off on a tangent about its cute behavior
Recent Examples of tangent from the Web
The pop-culture send-ups went off on some loopy tangents.
Still, the movie soars, veering off the rails under the weight of its plots, subplots, themes, subthemes, montages, tangents, and non-sequiturs.
To speculate about his talent is to set him off on a tangent about how BYU just needs an oversized water boy.
Stop at a point equidistant to the tangent point from your original point.
Some people, focusing on the film's tangent of an authoritarian politician who disregards science and banishes scapegoats to wastelands, are saying the movie is reflecting the world events of today.
When Ruby drifts onto a tangent that can be hard to follow, Jean quickly brings her back.
The owner of this jawbone was probably one of those early unsuccessful explorers – a tangent in the story of humanity, said Rick Potts, director of the Human Origins Program at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
In the funniest, most gratuitous tangent, a member of Merrimen’s crew played by Curtis Jackson, a.k.a.
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- straight line tangent to a curve
- tangent curves
- tangent surfaces
- tangent remarks
TANGENT Defined for English Language Learners
geometry : a line that touches a sphere or circle at only one point
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