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English Dictionary: tangential by the DICT Development Group
2 results for tangential
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. of superficial relevance if any; "a digressive allusion to the day of the week"; "a tangential remark"
    Synonym(s): digressive, tangential
  2. of or relating to or acting along or in the direction of a tangent; "tangential forces"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tangential \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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