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[a-fahyn, uh-fahyn, af-ahyn]
  1. a person related to one by marriage.
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adjective Mathematics.
  1. assigning finite values to finite quantities.
  2. of or relating to a transformation that maps parallel lines to parallel lines and finite points to finite points.
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Origin of affine

1500–10; < French affin related < Latin affinis akin, neighboring
Related formsaf·fine·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for affine


  1. maths of, characterizing, or involving transformations which preserve collinearity, esp in classical geometry, those of translation, rotation and reflection in an axis
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Word Origin

C16: via French from Latin affīnis bordering on, related
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