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Meaning of TANGENTIAL

Pronunciation:  tan'jenshul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  of superficial relevance if any; "a digressive allusion to the day of the week"; "a tangential remark"
  2. [adj]  of or relating to or acting along or in the direction of a tangent; "tangential forces"
 

TANGENTIAL is a 10 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: digressive, irrelevant
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tan*gen"tial\, a. (Geom.)
Of or pertaining to a tangent; in the direction of a tangent.

{Tangential force} (Mech.), a force which acts on a moving
   body in the direction of a tangent to the path of the
   body, its effect being to increase or diminish the
   velocity; -- distinguished from a normal force, which acts
   at right angles to the tangent and changes the direction
   of the motion without changing the velocity.

{Tangential stress}. (Engin.) See {Shear}, n., 3.

 

 

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