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What is another word for tangent?

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A topic nearly unrelated to the main topic
“As usual, with many of us loquacious academics, I will likely go off on a tangent during the discussion.”
A gradient or slope
A boat's course relative to the direction of the wind
(of a line or plane) Touching, but not intersecting, a curve or curved surface
“Water contact angle refers to the angle between the tangent plane of the liquid surface and the tangent plane of the solid surface at any point along the line of contact.”
(of a topic) Only loosely related to a main topic
“Resist the urge to take the conversation on a tangent topic that is more related to your own life or experiences.”
Going off course or straying
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