asymptote
[ asimtoht ]
/ ˈæs ɪmˌtoʊt /

noun Mathematics.
a straight line approached by a given curve as one of the variables in the equation of the curve approaches infinity.
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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
Word Origin for asymptote
C17: from Greek asumptōtos not falling together, from a 1 + syn + ptōtos inclined to fall, from piptein to fall
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Science definitions for asymptote
asymptote
[ ăs′ĭmtōt′ ]
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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