as·​ymp·​tote | \ ˈa-səm(p)-ˌtōt How to pronounce asymptote (audio) \

Definition of asymptote

: a straight line associated with a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero and the slope of the curve at the point approaches the slope of the line

Illustration of asymptote

Illustration of asymptote

asymptotes to the hyperbola

Other Words from asymptote

asymptotic \ ˌa-​səm(p)-​ˈtä-​tik How to pronounce asymptote (audio) \ adjective
asymptotically \ ˌa-​səm(p)-​ˈtä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymptote (audio) \ adverb

Examples of asymptote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Across the world, most countries have reopened but there remains disquieting uncertainty on whether or not the pandemic has indeed approached its asymptote of endemicity. David Walcott, Forbes, 17 May 2022

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First Known Use of asymptote

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asymptote

probably from New Latin *asymptotus, from Greek asymptōtos not meeting, from a- + sympiptein to meet — more at symptom

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28 May 2022

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“Asymptote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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