asymptotic curve

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asymptotic curve

[ā‚sim′täd·ik ′kərv]
(mathematics)
A curve on a surface whose osculating plane at each point is the same as the tangent plane to the surface.
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The story we need to tell begins with yet another of Bazin's analogies, this one from the world of mathematics: The relationship of cinema to reality is like an asymptotic line approaching a given curve: ever closer, but never meeting.
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