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- 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.
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.
Yet the wave length of the photon at “- infinity” is equal to that at “infinity,” where these are defined as asymptotic regions.
I hope at least the idea of asymptotic vs. local response proves useful to you.
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.
Only "asymptotic" independence is required according to certain conditions.
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).
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.
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.