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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
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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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