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Tangent may refer to:
- A tangent, in geometry, is a straight line through a point on a curve that has the same direction at that point as the curve.
- There are analogous concepts for surfaces and higher-dimensional smooth manifolds, such as the tangent space.
- More generally, in geometry, two curves are said to be tangent when they intersect at a given point and have the same direction at that point; see for instance tangent circles.
- A bitangent is a line that is tangent to two different curves, or tangent twice to the same curve.
- In trigonometry, the tangent function is one of the six basic trigonometric functions
- Tangent (clavichord), a part of the action of the clavichord that both initiates and sustains a tone, and helps determine pitch
- Tangent (tangent piano), a part of the action of the tangent piano that only initiates the sound by striking the string(s) and rebounding immediately in the manner of a piano
- The Tangent, an international progressive rock supergroup
- Tangents: The Tea Party Collection, a compilation album from The Tea Party released in 2000.
- Tangents: 1973–1983, a compilation box set from Tangerine Dream released in 1994.
- Tangent Comics, a short-lived imprint of DC Comics
- The Tangent Universe, the alternate universe in time travel in the cult film Donnie Darko
- Tangent (Stargate SG-1), an episode of the television series Stargate SG-1
- Tangents (film) or Time Chasers, a 1994 science fiction film
- Tangents (collection), a collection of science fiction stories by Greg Bear
- Tangent (club) an international social networking group for women over 45 who are former members of Ladies Circle, part of the Round Table (club) Family
- Tangent, Oregon, a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States
- In highway and railroad design, a tangent is a straight section of road or track; see track transition curve.
- Metaphorically, a theoretical concept can be described as tangent to another theoretical concept if they touch each other in some ways but are generally distinct.
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