asymptote

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circa 1650, from Ancient Greek ἀσύμπτωτη (asúmptōtē), the feminine of Apollonius Pergaeus' (circa 200 BC) Ancient Greek adjective ἀσύμπτωτος (asúmptōtos, not falling together), from (a, not) +‎ σύν (sún, together) +‎ πτωτός (ptōtós, fallen).

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asymptote (plural asymptotes)

  1. (mathematical analysis) A straight line which a curve approaches arbitrarily closely as it goes to infinity. The limit of the curve; its tangent "at infinity".
  2. (by extension, figuratively) Anything which comes near to but never meets something else.
    • 1860: Frederic William Farrar, An Essay on the Origin of Language, page 117
      Language, in relation to thought, must ever be regarded as an asymptote.

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asymptote (third-person singular simple present asymptotes, present participle asymptoting, simple past and past participle asymptoted)

  1. (mathematical analysis) To approach, but never quite touch, a straight line, as something goes to infinity.
    • 2006: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Perimeter of Ignorance[1]
      As you become more scientific, yes, the religiosity drops off, but it asymptotes.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀσύμπτωτος (asúmptōtos).

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  • IPA(key): /a.sɛ̃p.tɔt/
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asymptote f (plural asymptotes)

  1. (mathematical analysis) asymptote

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