from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as asymptotical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective analysis Of, relating to, or being an asymptote; (of lines) approaching ever nearer, but never crossing.

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  • adjective relating to or of the nature of an asymptote


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  • The older I get the less I seem to believe in asymptotic futures.

    Book 18: Halting State

  • If the shooter always puts the bullet in the same chamber, the probability that is, the asymptotic quotient of number of guys killed versus number of shots fired is not 1/6.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Feds to Target Texting?

  • Yet the wave length of the photon at “- infinity” is equal to that at “infinity,” where these are defined as asymptotic regions.

    A Dark, Misleading Force

  • I hope at least the idea of asymptotic vs. local response proves useful to you.

    WSJ: House Energy report on the "mutual admiration society" « Climate Audit

  • First, peace is more about process than result, in the sense that there is no "there" there; it is sometimes said that peace is asymptotic, meaning that we may approach but never reach a final destination where all issues are settled.

    Randall Amster: The Obama Dividend: Is World Peace Finally Possible?

  • Only "asymptotic" independence is required according to certain conditions.

    Tail Events WILL happen

  • W remembered looking up the term while reading Fredric Jameson, who used "asymptotic" to describe the relation between the symbolic and the real, and to argue that just because language didn't touch the real, we shouldn't assume that the real didn't exist (Ideologies, 104).

    The Last Formalist, or W.J.T. Mitchell as Romantic Dinosaur

  • In contrast, socialists and radicals envisage a future society, if only as a kind of asymptotic goal, in which distinctions of class and rank are abolished.


  • In Sloan’s very last scan, it found a star of the kind that Jill Knapp studied in her pre-Sloan days, an extremely massive star called an asymptotic giant branch star, normally too bright for the CCDs, but this one was obscured by a shell of dust.

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • In contrast, in social organizations where growth is driven by superlinear scaling, growth is unbounded, never reaching an "asymptotic" stable state, and proceeding at a rate that is faster than exponential.



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  • see asymptote on wikipedia.

    July 26, 2008

  • We can look at another way too: closer and closer to death (the asymptote)...but never reaching it. See hylozoism and hylopathism.

    October 20, 2007

  • Now I'm depressed.

    October 19, 2007

  • Taken from mathematics, this is a marvelous word to use when you want to convey something keeps getting closer and closer...but never reaches it. The simple example is this: take a number and divide it by 2. Then divide that by 2, ad infinitum. While you will get closer and closer to zero, you will never actually reach zero. This is called asymptotically approaching zero. What a metaphor for life in many get closer and closer, but never reach it.

    October 19, 2007