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

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tangent plane was in 1856

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“Tangent plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangent%20plane. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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