How To Use Tangent In A Sentence

The discussion then went off on a tangent, to the question of how many spheres of equal size could rotate around a central ball of the same size.

So much the better if you have a cache of slightly obscure references that you can dispense, especially if these bear only tangential relationship to what you are discussing.

There are three distinct types of spiric surfaces depending whether the axis of revolution cuts the circle, it a tangent to the circle, or is outside the circle.

In a number of orchid species, the outer tangential walls of short cells have numerous wall ingrowths that greatly expand the surface area of the plasma membrane and, thus, resemble transfer cells.

The second exception comes into play if the rationale underlying the patent holder's argument bears only a tangential relation to the equivalent.

This was estimated by taking the tangent of each point of the curve.

Many of them feature drawings and problems that concern tangent circles.

Also curve joining the tangents of each line of thrust, drawn relative to the vessel, is known as the curve of metacentres.

In this case we deal with the situation of a local tangential force applied to the surface of a large body.

Over the years I'd become accustomed to Molly and her tangential thinking.
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They were capable of galloping off down this sort of a tangent for hours.
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But why, she wondered, her thoughts leaping off at a tangent, had that balding, thickset man seemed familiar?
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He generally relates the story in chronological fashion, but, like many storytellers, he often stops to present tangential information about a new character or situation.

The circumcircle of a triangle formed by three tangents to a parabola, passes through the focus of the parabola.

EyesOnly on Aug 8, 2008 oh, and to followup, spiderman is a complete dbag superhero who would get his butt whooped by pretty much any superhero except for maybe "the question" lol, superman would crush him, batman would kill him, the list goes on and on, lol. sorry, i had to go off on that little tangent.
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In this net, the input and output layers are linear, and the hidden layer has neurons with a hyperbolic tangent transfer function.

The line of fall is the line tangent to the trajectory at the level point.

Tangential factoids, unrhymed chiming, and wanton speculation: New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani is somehat, er, somewhat known for her frequent use of the word limn, apparently it's an inside joke among writers and critics.
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Look at that, we started with the opening credits and I went off on a tangent.

Unfortunately, his name is often most closely identified with these works that actually are only tangential to his primary concerns.

You forgot one of his lesserknown liabilities  he speaks in an unquotable tangle of tangents and half finished sentences.

By juxtaposing these elements, he not only achieves a variety in his compositions, but also employs means provided by a stark contrast in his experience as a tangentially urbanised painter.

Was he on a tangent, trying to relive an exciting part of his life?
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The image expanded; they were diving into the cleft between the main cardioid and its tangent circle.
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The chair went one way, she went another the and keyboard headed off at a completely different tangent.

So, if planes A and D are tangential, how can planes C and B be tangential?

However the arclength definition is always related to the undeformed configuration (for which the length is known) and then saying that the rod is inextensible leads to obtain a unitary tangent on the deformed configuration.
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Note that this curvature is the inverse of the radius of a circle tangent to the neutral line at this point.

Fermat also investigated maxima and minima by considering when the tangent to the curve was parallel to the xaxis.

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One moment the professor is working hard on a problem in physics, the next he's gone off at a tangent and he's talking about bees.

The results of verification show that generalized tangent bulk modulus is more typical and reliable.

I know that I have exaggerated or made hyperbolic the abuse in my family when talking about it tangentially, either out of black humor or bitterness.

The tangent is a side road that was not on your original plot map.
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I can't tell the difference between radians, tangents, cotangents, secants, etc.

I would say Marxism became a cult but the book was more tangental to the conversion.
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Never quite abstract, never entirely candid, always at a tangent to the world, Hodgkin is a strangely opaque painter.

What part of an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote don't you understand?
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Tangent comment.... does R.Orci the guy on the left in the photo look like a scruffy, greyheaded Lt. Data?
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Smith circles his themes with the obsessive dolor of a man lamenting a lost opportunity, spawning gorgeous, tangential whatifs and could've beens.

The line of tiles was running off at a tangent by a centimetre every metre.

Everything's dancing to a different, more roundabout rhythm right now  so start thinking tangential tango, lateral lambada, snaky samba, magical mambo or curvaceous kind of chachacha.

In 1802 he gave the first solution to the problem of describing in a triangle three circumferences that are mutually tangent, each of which touches two sides of the triangle, the socalled Malfatti problem.

He noticed that he could draw three straight lines, or tangents, that each touched all three circles.

They are frankly tangential to the drama, and could have been cut from the story altogether without any great loss.

Was he on a tangent, trying to relive an exciting part of his life?
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We are taking a little bit of a different tangent.

Shoot length was measured from the insertion point on the stem to the tangent line between the apices of the most apical green leaves.

In fact, it's often the opposite: Speakers and participants regularly maintain that it's precisely because the event is so tangential to their daily lives that the event is so important to them.

I'm working on memorizing the sines, cosines, and tangents of degrees of a circle in terms of pi.

And yes you can have a tangent of a tangent, although it requires the first one to be a curve in the plane perpendicular to the original circle [although some people may argue about the maths of this].

The sine function, hyperbolic tangent, and other nonlinear variations on these basic ideas have also been used.

End of tangent from the theme of the thread, I hope.
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However, the literature from this domain is both too large and too tangential to consider in this article.

By night he is a prisoner, the last captive of Tangentopoli.

Also curve joining the tangents of each line of thrust, drawn relative to the vessel, is known as the curve of metacentres.

The charcoal consists entirely of pycnoxylic coniferopsid wood characterized by 3040 m diameter tracheids with contiguous, oval, seriate, alternate, bordered pitting on their radial walls and blank tangential walls.

He walked crookedly, either bumping into me or wandering away at a tangent.
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Alternatively, the struts may have the form of circles or ellipses which lie tangential to both the longitudinal profiles and to each other.

If your calculator does not have keys for the cosecant (csc), secant (sec), or cotangent (cot) functions, ﬁ rst
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As the tangents diverge, a sample of found sound enters the piece, with crowd murmur and the whine of vehicle brakes.

Laura, before going off a a continous tangent; Ask G.W. to come clean about 9/11!
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Since normals to a straight line never intersect and tangents coincide with the curve, evolutes, involutes and pedal curves are not too interesting.

The matter you raise is rather tangential to this discussion.

The tangents to the curve at the origin make angles of 60 with the xaxis.

This is rather like being able to draw a straight line tangent at any point on a smooth curve.

However, that's so not the point, I am the queen of subject changes and irrelevant tangents, but tangents are what make life interesting right?

He drew the diagrams exactly as he had done all of his life, taking great care to make the circles perfectly round and the tangent lines specifically long.

If we are operating on some variable x, the arctangent of x is denoted tanÀ1 (x) or arctan (x) The inverse of the cosecant function is the arccosecant function.
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Alternatively an involute can be thought of as any curve orthogonal to all the tangents to a given curve.

The man ran well for his size, and just before the guards could reach out to him, catapulted around a lamppost and went off on a tangent.

The maximum range velocity is derived graphically by drawing a tangent from the origin to the Ushaped power curve for flight.

Since normals to a straight line never intersect and tangents coincide with the curve, evolutes, involutes and pedal curves are not too interesting.

‘She overset my trigonometry,’ Burns complained, ‘and set me off at a tangent from the sphere of my studies.’

The design is improved by using a continuous double tangential tapered gating system and a bigger size runner. The gate area is increased and the gating speed is slightly reduced.

The midpoints of segments AM lie directly on the tangent lines.

If the tangent of an angle is a/b then the cotangent of that angle is b/a.

He also shows how to draw a tangent to three given lines.

Viviani determined the tangent to the cycloid but he was not the first to succeed in this.

Da Vinci is almost the only TV program I can think of where people speak as they do in real life: they stammer, trail off, repeat themselves, go on unrelated tangents, and loop back into continuing conversations.

Tangentially, x11vnc includes an enhanced Viewer package that fits the needs of the project described in this article.

At the first obtuse fact and boring tangent, readers will ditch them.

Ögonen blev fuktiga på morgonen vid andra kaffekoppen och när blodsockerkraschen inträffade på eftermiddagen satt han och grät tyst i sitt bås och klinkade slumpmässigt på tangentbordet för att dölja sitt motbjudande hulkande.
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In that realm, a number theorist is not welcome to publish on highenergy physics, and a biochemist is not often invited to a conference of economists — however much their tangential perspectives on the topic might possibly stimulate new thinking.
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Those of us who have absorbed these ideas without question should pause for reflection before modern deviants branch off at further tangents and we lose the connection with first principles entirely.

First, the writer needs to get his facts straight before he goes off on a tangent like that.

Second, we have examined perturbations in a normal rather than a tangential direction along the limit cycle.

Indeed, the subject has mostly been treated tangentially by authors whose principle interests lie elsewhere.

But while it is true that the United States is again enmeshed in controversial wars in Asia, the circumstances prompting the show's rebellious acts feel as if they bear only tangential resemblance to modern America.
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And then there's Clinton, who drove his teleprompter operators crazy because even though the words on the prompter were his, he had a tendency to deviate to unscripted tangents whenever he got passionate and enthusiastic about what he was saying.
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The radial stress is compressive, i.e., it tends to compress the annulus in the radial direction, and the tangential stress is tensile, i.e., it tends to stretch the annulus in the tangential direction.

Getting a little tangential, I have always loved walking up to my colleagues 'unattended laptop and ctrlaltright arrowing them.
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The proof needs another formula about tangents of angles that we have not covered on the Pi and the Fibonacci Numbers page.

The line of tiles was running off at a tangent by a centimetre every metre.

Different dance worlds collide at Tangente's Majors series this weekend.

In Chinese, each different tangential reference to the topic presents the idea from a different indirect perspective; however, the topic is never presented directly in the text or in the conclusion.

Poetry in particular moves at a slant or tangent, taking advantage of the ambiguity of words, the various meanings to be found in them.

Nevertheless the apparent trajectory of an element in the ultramicroscope is not a curve without tangents.

Diverting off at a tangent for a second, I'm wondering if all of these unexpected phenomena indicate that I have a head full of fixed expectations that might be holding me back in other areas.

A tangent from a previous question: What's the one piece of music you never get tired of hearing?
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Since normals to a straight line never intersect and tangents coincide with the curve, evolutes, involutes and pedal curves are not too interesting.

Gallarati studied properties of varieties whose tangent spaces meet certain linear subspaces along spaces of dimension higher than expected.

At the perihelion this excess of tangential velocity creates a resistance, which urges the planet towards the sun, and at the aphelion, the deficiency of tangential velocity urges the planet from the sun,  the maximum effect being at the apsides of the orbit, and null at the mean distances.
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The compressor is of radial type and provided with an impeller with backswept blades where the blade angle between an imaginary extension of the center line of the blade between root section and tip section in the direction of the outlet tangent and a line which connects the center axis of the impeller to the outer tip of the blade is at least roughly 45°.

The physical straight lines we draw are not straight; a physical tangent line does not really touch a circle at a point.

However, a tangent is also a powerful tool if used with skill.
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A further reduction was accomplished by using the tangent plane of the surface at a given point as the standard plane of reference (instead of the xyplane).

That, along with the other countlessly mentioned lines of argument, pretty much eschews the “Darwin to Hitler” tangent.
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The tangential plane (also called the meridional plane) contains the chief ray and the optical axis of the lens (or lens system), while the sagittal plane (also called the radial and / or equitorial plane) contains only the chief ray and is positioned perpendicular to the tangential plane.
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There are lengthy digressions on Milton, Fulke Greville and Marvell, poets whose vivid personal histories Greville was murdered by a servant in 1628 make for good reading but whose connection with the Cavalier theme seems tangential.
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Radial and tangential liquid permeability of Masson pine timber were measured respectively.

Specifically, I need to draw three tangent circles inside a larger circle, given 3 points of tangency.

Much of the article deals with the fact that most political cartoonists are liberal and the politics of cartooning, which is interesting but mostly tangential to this post.
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Given a circle, find a point outside the circle where the tangent to the circle and diameter produced, have a given ratio.

Tangentially our society experienced a burgeoning captivation with science and technology, and became increasingly enamored with an efficiencymodel of infant feeding and care.

He breaks off, perhaps uncomfortable with this line of questioning, and scoots off at a tangent.

If you get a good script, a decently good director who has deflated his ego, a committed studio and crew willing to collaborate and work in tangent, and even challenge gifted directors choices, everyone working together could possibly put together something that will make little boys and large googly eyed big boys come back for more, by giving them something that has a nescient chance of flowering into a cash cow franchise.
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The results of verification show that generalized tangent bulk modulus is more typical and reliable.

I don't have any suggestions for places, but thought I'd offer some tangential information: there are all kinds of prenatal massages, so make sure you get all the info beforehand.

But I think it's more likely that it will have only a tangential operational effect, and that there are more than enough lieutenants willing to carry on OBL's guidon.

First, you need to get your facts straight before you go off on a tangent like that.

The gas is forced to spiral ever inwards towards the axis of the conical section with increasing tangential velocity.

What we want to do is to increase the attractive force, in order to prevent this tangential motion  to increase the _force of gravity_.
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I want to emphasise that nonstandard analysis was not a sudden tangential direction in which the researcher moved.

The tractrix is sometimes called a tractory or equitangential curve.

The Cartesian coordinates which result from this transformation describe a space which is tangential to the curved space at the point selected.

By continued cell divisions and enlargement of daughter cells, this tissue with its isodiametric cells rapidly expanded in both radial and tangential directions.

I have the following phase intoed into the GeneralLegalPhrasings. xml for nontangent curves.
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Oh I am so glad you went off on a tangent and mentioned Eddie Murphy's annoying roles  reading about the irritating male friend that you called a cretin, kindly allow me to put Eddieee in that category.
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The dynamical force, that which produces motion, is the centripetal force, drawing the body continually from the tangential direction, toward the center; and what is termed centrifugal force is merely the resistance which the body opposes to this deflection, _precisely like any other resistance to a force_.
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Blumer explored a tangent of the conspiracy, that minorityowned Chrysler dealers were disproportionately spared from closure.
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Since we want the cotangent, just take the reciprocal to solve.

The Cartesian coordinates which result from this transformation describe a space which is tangential to the curved space at the point selected.

Title aside, this is less a book with a single evolving argument than a series of tangential essays.

Thankfully, he went off on a different tangent.

No interview can proceed without hyperactive jump cuts to tangentially relevant footage or airplanes, cars or food.

Although acrocyanosis should score 1, and a cry in response to a brisk tangential slap of the soles of the feet should score 2, actual scores were incorrect in a third of cases.

In other words, xaxis consists of the feet of the perpendiculars from the focus to the tangents to the parabola.

On this topic, it isn't completely clear to me why we make kids memorize what the secant, cosecant, and cotangent are.
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The students are then asked to identify perpendicular cross sections of maximal and minimal curvature using coordinates taken essentially from the tangent plane.

If you are located near the very edge of the eclipse track the apparent disks of the Sun and the Moon glide along the same tangential line.

There are exactly three parallel tangents to the cardioid with any given gradient.

A basic mistake in approaching Donaghy's work would be to assume its emotional core was at odds with its frequent legpulling and codscholarly tangents.
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This highly successful subject deals with rates of change at instants of time by calculating the gradient of the tangent to a curve.

The Right Triangle Model In the previous chapter, we de ﬁ ned the six circular functionssine, cosine, tangent, cosecant, secant, and cotangentin terms of points on a circle.
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These families are characterized by dermal spicules that have distal excrescences or extra tangential rays, in the former, and with swollen distal rays on dermalia in the latter.

The budget distribution that maximizes John's total utility is the point M at which one isoline is tangent to this budget line.
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An argument can be made, but I think that the tangent is a bit too subtle for this discussion.
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To his greatest regret later in life, he never published an account of the method that allowed the computation of areas, lengths of curves, tangents, and maxima and minima of functions.

In yet another construction, an annular cylinder block supports a pair of opposed weighted lever arms and sample support bushings in tangential contact with a rotor surface.

These are all important matters but they are tangential to the most central objectives of school education, namely teaching and learning.

Graph of the cotangent function for values of x between 3 rad and 3 rad.
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Let's stay with the topic and not go off at a tangent.

In addition, each circle is divided into 8 regions, by adding 3 tangent circles.

One of his most important results explains how the 28 double tangents of the plane quadric are related to the 27 straight lines of the cubic surface.

It can also be used for such operations as involution (raising to a power) and evolution (extraction of a root) and for calculations with trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent).
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Everything's dancing to a different, more roundabout rhythm right now  so start thinking tangential tango, lateral lambada, snaky samba, magical mambo or curvaceous kind of chachacha.

His work used a special coordinate system on a surface such as isothermic and tangential coordinates.

If the tangent of an angle is a/b then the cotangent of that angle is b/a.

On a tangential note, I can just about see the notion of fictive poetry, cause narrative started out in verse form, after all; and there are works like Tony Harrison’s “Prometheus” which fuse poetry and drama pretty neatly.
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The circumcircle of a triangle formed by three tangents to a parabola passes through the focus of the parabola.

Shit I forgot a dino egg guess cotangent did not want to hatch guess I will have to fix that
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For all these reasons well, maybe not the first... but, tangentially, you'll love the article's ohsocorrect usage of accents in English  such as "reëlect"  which, we feel, is closely enough related to our first audiencecriterion for us to make such an assumption... where were we?
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The Kummer surface has 16 isolated conical double points and 16 singular tangent planes and was published in 1864.

The performances also seem improvised because the dialogue is fragmentary, tangential and chatty rather than goaloriented.

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Ideas are slowly turned over and puzzled with, and the topic at hand may unintentionally meander off on tangents far away from the original point, wrapped in unusual phrases and reflections.

In particular he constructed the tangent plane and exhibited the surface as an envelope of planes.

Very tangential indeed ... but I once housesat for my doctoral adviser a Harvard Ph.
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One moment the professor is working hard on a problem in physics, the next he's gone off at a tangent and he's talking about bees.

As the tangents diverge, a sample of found sound enters the piece, with crowd murmur and the whine of vehicle brakes.

Before those movies happened, there were all these stories about Vietnam vets coming home and dealing with the tangential human side of the issue.

It is hard to believe that a theologian so bent on providing justification for preemptive armed conflict would find a theological account of violence tangential to the question of war.

One lesson in particular that we have internalized is that the turn to radicalism in the late 1960s, while perhaps understandable given the implacability of powerholders and their continued resistance to change, nonetheless was a selfdestructive tangent from which many on the left have yet to return.
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At a variable point on the curve the coordinates consisted of the tangent to the curve, the principal normal and the binormal.

The grain is flat or tangential, and the exterior layers are peeling.

Not slavishly or fanatically (as a compulsive overeater with a daily reprieve, I don't do well with fads and tangents).
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The midpoints of segments AM lie directly on the tangent lines.

He always misbehaved, and went off at tangents and I had to bring him in line many times.

The skilled person in 1980 would understand that the effect of the frustoconical cone is to reduce the diameter of the vortex and consequentially increase the tangential velocity of the particles as they pass down the cone?

Now the tangent line is much easier to visualize. Notice that the tangent line is at a right angle to the aiming line.

Basic concepts such as news values and gatekeeping are referred to only tangentially.

Blogs now cover a miscellany of culinary topics, sometimes only tangentially related to food.

As an interesting tangent to that she's been contemplating the potent image of the disembodied of the disembodied brain throughout history and in popular culture.

Well, I think they initially accepted some of the ideas, such as having the Kremlin appoint governors even though that might appear to be only tangentially related to the Beslan disaster.
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Smith circles his themes with the obsessive dolor of a man lamenting a lost opportunity, spawning gorgeous, tangential whatifs and could've beens.

We math majors could write term papers on cotangent bundles and prove the Bolzano Weirstrass theorem, but we don't know jack about T tests or chisquare.
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I can remember roughly how to differentiate a standard xy formula but sines, cosines and tangents are a mystery.

They are known as the hyperbolic sine, hyperbolic cosine, hyperbolic tangent, hyperbolic cosecant, hyperbolic secant, and hyperbolic cotangent.
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The badly drawn one has stuck to a signature script of musicbox melodies, shuffling instrumentals and rambling lyrical tangents.

Where other singers had songs that (even tangentially) referred to the hardships of life, the Copper family's songs are mostly paeans of praise to a farming life that is hard work, but rewarding.

The first tabulates logarithms of the sine, cosine, tangent and cotangent functions at 1 intervals and shows how to solve triangles using logarithmic functions.

Do not confuse ever the tangential acceleration, which is along the circumference, with a centripetal acceleration.

If you are up to it, you can derive the proper equation yourself by solving the calculus differential equation for a curve with a constant angle between the radial and tangent vectors (HUH?).

He remains one of the few people whose coolness is only tangentially captured by the camera.

While the progressive implications of some of the films seem tangential, the analysis is generally incisive and occasionally provocative.

Four wall types are distinguished on the orientation of the crystallographic caxes of the wallforming crystallites: a radial, a tangential, an oblique, and a pithonelloid type.

A Riemann surface is typical of the case, where you have the intersection of one universe, with the tangential impact of another universe upon it  [that's a] typical Riemannian surface.

The Lie algebra as a vector space can be identified with the tangent space at the identity element of the group.

Very tangential indeed ... but I once housesat for my doctoral adviser (a Harvard Ph. D), and discovered that the sole overt reference to Harvard in the whole house was a nicely appointed wooden toilet seat cover, with the Harvard arms and VERITAS.
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