tangent plane
noun Date: 1856 the plane through a point of a surface that contains the tangent lines to all the curves on the surface through the same point

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  • Tangent plane — Tangent Tan gent, a. [L. tangens, entis, p. pr.] Touching; touching at a single point; specifically (Geom.) meeting a curve or surface at a point and having at that point the same direction as the curve or surface; said of a straight line, curve …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tangent plane — noun Given a point P on a surface M, the tangent plane of M at point P, denoted by T(M), is the plane passing through P which contains the tangent lines of all the curves on M passing through P …   Wiktionary

  • tangent plane — liestinė plokštuma statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. tangent plane; tangential plane vok. Tangentialebene, f rus. касательная плоскость, f pranc. plan tangent, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • tangent plane — noun the plane that contains all the lines tangent to a specific point on a surface • Hypernyms: ↑plane, ↑sheet * * * noun : the plane through a point of a surface that contains the tangent lines to all the curves on the surface through the same… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tangent — Tan gent, a. [L. tangens, entis, p. pr.] Touching; touching at a single point; specifically (Geom.) meeting a curve or surface at a point and having at that point the same direction as the curve or surface; said of a straight line, curve, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tangent scale — Tangent Tan gent, a. [L. tangens, entis, p. pr.] Touching; touching at a single point; specifically (Geom.) meeting a curve or surface at a point and having at that point the same direction as the curve or surface; said of a straight line, curve …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tangent screw — Tangent Tan gent, a. [L. tangens, entis, p. pr.] Touching; touching at a single point; specifically (Geom.) meeting a curve or surface at a point and having at that point the same direction as the curve or surface; said of a straight line, curve …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tangent — For the tangent function see trigonometric functions. For other uses, see tangent (disambiguation). In geometry, the tangent line (or simply the tangent) to a curve at a given point is the straight line that just touches the curve at that point… …   Wikipedia

  • tangent — I. adjective Etymology: Latin tangent , tangens, present participle of tangere to touch; perhaps akin to Old English thaccian to touch gently, stroke Date: 1594 1. a. meeting a curve or surface in a single point if a sufficiently small interval… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tangent — TANGÉNT, Ă, tangenţi, te, adj., s.f. 1. adj. (Despre drepte) Care atinge o curbă într un singur punct. ♦ (Despre planuri) Care conţine tangente (2) la toate curbele care trec printr un punct al unei suprafeţe, care atinge suprafaţa într un singur …   Dicționar Român

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