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affine

[a-fahyn, uh-fahyn, af-ahyn] /æˈfaɪn, əˈfaɪn, ˈæf aɪn/
noun
1.
a person related to one by marriage.
adjective, Mathematics
2.
assigning finite values to finite quantities.
3.
of or relating to a transformation that maps parallel lines to parallel lines and finite points to finite points.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < French affin related < Latin affinis akin, neighboring
Related forms
affinely, adverb
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affine

/ˈæfaɪn/
adjective
1.
(maths) of, characterizing, or involving transformations which preserve collinearity, esp in classical geometry, those of translation, rotation and reflection in an axis
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin affīnis bordering on, related
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