Definition of tangent
- the speaker went off on a tangent
in the middle of her description of her dog's symptoms, she went off on a tangent about its cute behavior
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tangent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
geometry : a line that touches a sphere or circle at only one point
What made you want to look up tangent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz