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# asymptote

[ **as**-im-toht ]

## noun

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*Mathematics.*- a straight line approached by a given curve as one of the variables in the equation of the curve approaches infinity.

asymptote

/ ˈæsɪmˌtəʊt /

## noun

- a straight line that is closely approached by a plane curve so that the perpendicular distance between them decreases to zero as the distance from the origin increases to infinity

asymptote

/ ăs**′**ĭm-tōt′ /

- A line whose distance to a given curve tends to zero. An asymptote may or may not intersect its associated curve.

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of asymptote^{1}

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of asymptote^{1}

C17: from Greek

*asumptōtos*not falling together, from a-^{1}+ syn- +*ptōtos*inclined to fall, from*piptein*to fallDiscover More

## Example Sentences

Even so there are asymptote figures in geometry where an infinite length makes only a finite progress in breadth.

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If these factors are all real and distinct, there is an asymptote corresponding to each factor.

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But after you have demonstrated to him the properties of the hyperbola and its asymptote, the apparent absurdity vanishes.

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Asymptote, a line always approaching some curve but never meeting it.

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The curve is symmetrical about the axis of y and has the axis of x for its asymptote.

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