## tangents

Noun

- plural form of
*tangent*

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- In another question connected with this, the problem of drawing
**tangents**to any curve, Descartes was drawn into a controversy with Pierre (de) Fermat (1601-1663), Gilles Persone de Roberval (1602-1675), and Girard Desargues (1593-1661). - In projective geometry it may be defined as the conic which intersects the line at infinity in two real points, or to which it is possible to draw two real
**tangents**from the centre. - If a rectangle be constructed about AA' and BB', the diagonals of this figure are the "asymptotes" of the curve; they are the
**tangents**from the centre, and hence touch the curve at infinity. - Two
**tangents**from any point are equally inclined to the focal distance of the point. - A diameter is a line through the centre and terminated by the curve: it bisects all chords parallel to the
**tangents**at its extremities; the diameter parallel to these chords is its conjugate diameter.

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