- of, like, or in the direction of a tangent
- drawn as a tangent
- going off at a tangent; diverging or digressing
- merely touching a subject, not dealing with it at length
An example of tangential is when you are talking about global warming and you veer off into a discussion of other environmental subjects that aren't directly related to global warming.
- Of, relating to, or moving along or in the direction of a tangent.
- Merely touching or slightly connected.
- Only superficially relevant; divergent: a tangential remark.
(comparative more tangential, superlative most tangential)
- This is called the tangential area, and will be denoted by T1.
- Lord Rayleigh has shown that there is a tangential motion as well as a motion in and out.
- Luminous arcs (T), tangential to the upper and lower parts of each halo, also occur, and in the case of the inner halo, the arcs may be prolonged to form a quasi-elliptic halo.1 The physical explanation of halos originated with Rene Descartes, who ascribed their formation to the presence of icecrystals in the atmosphere.
- The - - 4X + g tangential area may be expressed in terms of chordal areas.
- Some of the formulae obtained by the above methods can be expressed more simply in terms of chordal or tangential areas taken in various ways.