tangent line

noun

Definition of tangent line

: a line at a fixed point P of a curve that is the limit approached by the secant PQ as Q approaches P along the curve

History and Etymology for tangent line

translation of New Latin linea tangens

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“Tangent line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangent%20line. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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