# 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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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.

First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.

First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.

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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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