# asymptotic

## asymptotic

[as-im-tot-ik]
1.
of or pertaining to an asymptote.
2.
(of a function) approaching a given value as an expression containing a variable tends to infinity.
3.
(of two functions) so defined that their ratio approaches unity as the independent variable approaches a limit or infinity.
4.
(of a formula) becoming increasingly exact as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity.
5.
coming into consideration as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity: asymptotic property; asymptotic behavior.
Also, asymptotical.

Origin:
1665–75; asymptote + -ic

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 asymptotic or asymptotical (ˌæsɪmˈtɒtɪk) —adj 1. of or referring to an asymptote 2. (of a function, series, formula, etc) approaching a given value or condition, as a variable or an expression containing a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity asymptotical or asymptotical —adj asymptotically or asymptotical —adv

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Example sentences
While the curve may be asymptotic, you would always get a little closer to your
limit.
Improvement will happen but it will approach an asymptotic limit.
Of course, this is an asymptotic result, since no stationary observer can be
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Over longer ranges, asymptotic limits and dimensionality become important.
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