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asymptote
The x-axis and y-axis are asymptotes of the hyperbola xy = 3.

as·ymp·tote

 (ăs′ĭm-tōt′, -ĭmp-)
n.
A line whose distance to a given curve tends to zero. An asymptote may or may not intersect its associated curve.

[Ultimately from Greek asumptōtos, not intersecting : a-, not; see a-1 + sumptōtos, intersecting (from sumpiptein, sumptō-, to converge : sun-, syn- + piptein, to fall; see pet- in Indo-European roots).]

as′ymp·tot′ic (-tŏt′ĭk), as′ymp·tot′i·cal adj.
as′ymp·tot′i·cal·ly adv.
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asymptote

(ˈæsɪmˌtəʊt)
n
(Mathematics) 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
[C17: from Greek asumptōtos not falling together, from a-1 + syn- + ptōtos inclined to fall, from piptein to fall]
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as•ymp•tote

(ˈæs ɪmˌtoʊt)

n.
Math. a straight line approached by a given curve as one of the variables in the equation of the curve approaches infinity.
[1650–60; < Greek asýmptōtos literally, not meeting =a- a-6 + sýmptōtos, v. adj. of sympíptein to converge; see symptom]
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asymptote
left: The x- and y-axes are both asymptotes of the curve (a hyperbola).
right: The x-axis is the asymptote of the wave.

as·ymp·tote

(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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Noun1.asymptote - a straight line that is the limiting value of a curve; can be considered as tangent at infinity; "the asymptote of the curve"
straight line - a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature; "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line"
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