The title pretty much says it all. I'm just looking for a word to use to describe an agent coming ever-so-slightly close to reaching a goal without actually doing so.
The best I've been able to do on my own is co-opt and brutalize "asymptote" for my specific purpose. Can anyone out there do better?
Also, I'd be somewhat okay with borrowing a foreign word for this.
EDIT: Maybe it'd be useful to give some more context. I'm investigating the relationship between noumena, being, and knowing. I've been using contrivances such as "asymptoid", "symptic", and "sympticate" to some success, but I find myself in constant need to express the condition of being "close but no cigar".
Based on a response from Phrase for something that is always out or reach/you almost have but never can get I think I may have settled upon calling such a condition "iron" (as opposed to "brass", which would describe success). This works well for my purpose, as metallurgy sufficiently distant from the space I'm working in, plus it leaves open the opportunity to add similar metaphors.