Definitions for: Approximation

[n] the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
[n] the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity)
[n] an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"
[n] an imprecise or incomplete account; "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ap*prox`i*ma"tion n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL.
1. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being
near; approach; also, the result of approximating.

The largest capacity and the most noble dispositions
are but an approximation to the proper standard and
true symmetry of human nature. --I. Taylor.

2. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or
conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc.

3. (Math.)
(a) A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as,
to solve an equation by approximation.
(b) A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.

Synonyms: bringing close together, estimate, estimation, idea

See Also: calculation, computation, connection, connexion, dead reckoning, figuring, guess, guessing, guesstimate, guesswork, guestimate, joining, overestimate, overestimation, overrating, overreckoning, reckoning, shot, similarity, underestimate, underestimation, underrating, underreckoning, version

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