## asymptotes

Noun

- plural form of
*asymptote*

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- If a rectangle be constructed about AA' and BB', the diagonals of this figure are the "
**asymptotes**" of the curve; they are the tangents from the centre, and hence touch the curve at infinity. - If the
**asymptotes**be perpendicular, or, in other words, the principal axes be equal, the curve is called the rectangular hyperbola. - We may observe that the
**asymptotes**intersect this circle in the same points as the directrices. - If the tangent at P meets the
**asymptotes**in R, R', then CR.CR' = CS 2. - The equations to the
**asymptotes**are = t y/b and x = =y respectively.

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