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Definition of "asymptote" []

  • A line whose distance to a given curve tends to zero. An asymptote may or may not intersect its associated curve. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "asymptote" in a sentence
  • "In that case, if you plot the number of record highs or lows on a graph, you'd get a line that falls gradually as time progresses toward an asymptote, which is mathematically expressed as 1/n, where n is the number of years in your data set."
  • "Man is the asymptote of what he predicates God to be."
  • ""What part of an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote don't you understand?""