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1.
1. In mathematics, a function in trigonometry
2. To go off in a completely different subject
1. "The tangent5 of 45 is 1. The tangent of 60 is er..... er.... er...."
2. He went off in a tangent
by jiexi December 09, 2003
 
2.
A tangent is a "computer". Except, not really. It will contently break, almost never work, and crash with the blue screen of death often. All at the University of Dayton wonder why they are required to use such terrible "things". A tangent is equivalent to a 1995 Gateway computer. It can not run windows Vista, yet it tries anyway. Often problems are windows explorer not working, sound deciding to stay on or off for an undetermined amount of time, dvd drives to not work, shut down not to be an option, screens to randomly shut off, hard drives to out of nowhere not know who you are, keys to break off, buttons not to work and such things.

It is also defined as a paper weight or a large expensive portable DVD player.
1. Hey welcome to UD here is your Tangent.
2. Damn it I still need to go buy a computer for college!
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Hey, lets go throw my tangent out the window and collect the insurance money on it!
by Tangent...ugh March 08, 2009
 
3.
Going everywhere and anywhere but the line of thought you were meant to follow
English teacher: "How did you bring Ned Kelly into an essay about a book that has nothing to do with him, then finish up with a short history of cuba?"

"I may have gone off on a tangent"
by LOCKZILLA0001 May 21, 2012
 
4.
1.) In geometry, any line in a plane that touches a circle in one, and only one, point.
2.) In trignometry, the ratio of the length on the opposite side of an angle to the length of the adjacent side of an angle.
1.) Point T is tangent to the circle.
2.) tan60ºӨ = the square root of 3
tan45ºӨ = 1
tan30ºӨ = the square root of 3 divided by 3
by seven forty post meridian May 27, 2005
 
5.
Mathematician who got back from the beach.
"Wow, look at our math teacher, Mr. Davies! He sure is brown!"

"He just got back from Bermuda."

"Oh, he's a tangent!"
by someonefromearth February 09, 2010
 
6.
Noun: A completely and utterly worthless computer company that sells blocks a shit, aka laptops, to college students. The company attempts to conceal their horrible product by including "exclusive" university features. What they don't tell you is that you can by a laptop for over $1,000 cheaper that is better performance-wise, and those exclusive programs are free from the university website.

Can also be used to reference a worthless piece of crap, or a dick move.
Student 1: "Wow, this is the fifth time in a month I've taken my Tangent computer in. What a piece of shit."
Student 2: "You should fake an accident to your computer and get the warranty money. Buy something better."

Kid 1: "My car broke down again."
Kid 2: "What a fucking Tangent."

Kid 1: "Dude, Tangent move..."
Kid 2: "My bad."
by Flyers January 14, 2008
 
7.
one that is
a. radio disc jockey that touches a circle of toenails at one toenail
b. a polar bear
c. an idiot of the 270th degree; three pie halves in radians
yo man this tangent has got shit going for him.
by Dan de Maupassant October 08, 2005