Sentence Examples


  • The edges are then separated till they are tangent to the opposite limbs of the disk of the planet to be measured, or till they respectively bisect two stars, the angle between which is to be determined.
  • The distance of the lucid points was the tangent of the magnified angles subtended by the stars to a radius of io ft.
  • Here and there particular curves, for example, had been obliged to yield the secret of their tangent; but the ancient geometers apparently had no consciousness of the general bearings of the methods which they so successfully applied.
  • Fermat and Descartes agreed in regarding the tangent to a curve as a secant of that curve with the two points of intersection coinciding, while Roberval regarded it as the direction of the composite movement by which the curve can be described.
  • The tangent at any point bisects the angle between the focal distances of the point, and the normal is equally inclined to the focal distances.

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