Definition of tangential
tangentiallyplay \-ˈjen(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of tangential in a Sentence
Their romance is tangential to the book's main plot.
Recent Examples of tangential from the Web
There could be some tangential cost in Hill and Randolph making the Kings a better team ahead of schedule, but an organization can trade that possibility for the sake of building better habits.
The absences raised questions in Cullerton's mind about where negotiations, particularly on the tangential Rauner demands, stand.
Point guard Jameer Nelson, once the heart and soul of the locker room, gradually found himself in an increasingly tangential role.
The fight over one provision — to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood for a single year — may be tangential to the wider war over the American health care system.
Political discourse often strays from the merits of issues to personal or tangential matters.
The Phillies have also been mentioned in tangential connection with a couple of high school pitchers, Carlsbad HS’s Trevor Rogers and Texan Shane Baz.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The broadcast team on the NBA Finals has been pretty solid, save for the occasional rambling interlude or tangential comment.
Whether Johnson actually looks like Saban or not --more recent photos show the resemblance as tangential at best--is irrelevant.
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tangential Has Mathematical Roots
In geometry, a tangent is a straight line that touches a curve at a single point. So we say that someone who starts talking about one thing and gets sidetracked has gone off on a tangent. The new subject is tangential to the first subject—it touches it and moves off in a different direction.
First Known Use of tangential
TANGENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tangential for English Language Learners
: slightly or indirectly related to something : not closely connected to something
geometry : relating to a tangent : in or along a tangent
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