tangent line

noun
tangent ( def 4 ).
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The required offset distances from face of rail to rail tangent line are
  indicated on the standard plan.
The tangent line should not extend beyond the right-of-way line.
Relate the slope of a tangent line at a specific point on a curve to the
  instantaneous rate of change.
The tangent line color will vary depending on the alignment.
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