from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The plane containing all the lines tangent to a specified point on a surface.

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  • noun differential geometry Given a point P on a surface M, the tangent plane of M at point P, denoted by TP(M), is the plane passing through P which contains the tangent lines of all the curves on M passing through P.

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  • noun the plane that contains all the lines tangent to a specific point on a surface


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