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asymptote

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

asymptote

[′as·əm‚tōt]
(mathematics)
A line approached by a curve in the limit as the curve approaches infinity.
The limit of the tangents to a curve as the point of contact approaches infinity.
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Pattern 4C arises when carbonaceous deposits that extend beyond the 14C dating limit are uniformly sampled, but results near the 14C limit tend to a dating asymptote.
a, y-intercept at time 0; b, asymptote of the curve; c, degradation rate constant (h-1); Ed, effective degradability; (1) Because of the small amount of sample remaining after NDF analysis, degradability of ADF was not measured.
A curve approaching its asymptotes is used to represent the limitless knowledge growth on both super and subsistent ends (Figure 1), while the knowledge factors are distributed on the curve (Figure 5).
In summary, sensitivity to rapid changes in food-rate ratio reached asymptote sooner, preference was more extreme following sequences of continuations and discontinuations of food delivery, and decreases in preference pulses following food deliveries were slower with CO requirements of 32 and 48 responses than with CO requirements of 1 and 16 responses.
It can be seen in Figure 8 that the data at high RH appear to approach a horizontal asymptote near t = 150 minutes.
However they would also conclude that these measures of immobility do not appear to asymptote to a stable value.
They take this asymptote to represent what they, like the TF, want to know; that is (to say it again), the proportional reduction in mortality from the cancer resulting from the screening's introduction, after the experimentations, as an available service, to a population (dynamic rather than cohort-type).
For this reason, we shifted the curve down on the y axis so that at time zero sBDNF levels were no different than baseline, making the lower asymptote 0.
ISLAMABAD -- Asymptote, an online journal of global literature, launched its latest issue yesterday at the Pakistan Academy of Letters.
The mathematical notion of the asymptote supplies a figure that may be useful here.