tangent plane

noun

Definition of tangent plane

: the plane through a point of a surface that contains the tangent lines to all the curves on the surface through the same point

First Known Use of tangent plane

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Tangent plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangent%20plane. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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