[as-im-tot-ik or as-im-tot-i-kuh l]
- of or relating to an asymptote.
- (of a function) approaching a given value as an expression containing a variable tends to infinity.
- (of two functions) so defined that their ratio approaches unity as the independent variable approaches a limit or infinity.
- (of a formula) becoming increasingly exact as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity.
- coming into consideration as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity: asymptotic property; asymptotic behavior.
Origin of asymptotic
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- of or referring to an asymptote
- (of a function, series, formula, etc) approaching a given value or condition, as a variable or an expression containing a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity
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Word Origin and History for asymptotic
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