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# asymptote

[ as-im-toht ]

/ ˈæs ɪmˌtoʊt /

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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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## British Dictionary definitions for asymptote

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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## Scientific definitions for asymptote

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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