(definition)

**Definition:**
A curve representing the limit of a function. That is, the distance between a function and the curve tends to zero. The function may or may not intersect the bounding curve.

**See also**
*asymptotic upper bound*, *asymptotic lower bound*.

*Note:
After Ben Podoll <benjamin.podoll@und.nodak.edu> 28 August 2003.*

Author: PEB

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Entry modified 17 December 2004.

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Paul E. Black, "asymptotic bound", in
*Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures* [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY)
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