Tangential

Tan*gen"tial

(?), a. (Geom.) Of or pertaining to a tangent; in the direction of a tangent.
[1913 Webster]

Tangential force (Mech.), a force which acts on a moving body in the direction of a tangent to the path of the body, its effect being to increase or diminish the velocity; -- distinguished from a normal force, which acts at right angles to the tangent and changes the direction of the motion without changing the velocity. -- Tangential stress. (Engin.) See Shear, n., 3.
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