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tan·gen·cy(tăn′jən-sē) also tan·gence (-jəns)
The condition of being tangent.
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|Noun||1.||tangency - the state of being tangent; having contact at a single point or along a line without crossing|
contact - the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity; "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"
|2.||tangency - (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact; "they forget to solder the contacts"|
breaker point, distributor point, point - a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
electrical contact - contact that allows current to pass from one conductor to another
p-n junction - the junction between a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor; "a p-n junction has marked rectifying characteristics"
short circuit, short - accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
sound bow - contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes
terminal, pole - a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
tread - the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
contact arm, wiper arm, wiper - contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
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