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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asymptote  \As"ymp*tote\  (?;  215),  n.  [Gr.  ?  not  falling 
  together;  'a  priv.  +  ?  to  fall  together;  ?  with  +  ?  to  fall. 
  Cf  {Symptom}.]  (Math.) 
  A  line  which  approaches  nearer  to  some  curve  than  assignable 
  distance,  but  though  infinitely  extended,  would  never  meet 
  it  Asymptotes  may  be  straight  lines  or  curves.  A  rectilinear 
  asymptote  may  be  conceived  as  a  tangent  to  the  curve  at  an 
  infinite  distance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asymptote 
  n  :  a  straight  line  that  is  the  limiting  value  of  a  curve;  can 
  be  considered  as  tangent  at  infinity;  "the  asymptote  of 
  the  curve" 




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