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Definitions of approximation

an imprecise or incomplete account; " newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events"

the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue

the quality of coming near to identity ( especially close in quantity)

an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; " an estimate of what it would cost"; " a rough idea how long it would take"

The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating.

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

A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation.

A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.

A bringing near; approach.

Approximative.

Approximatively.

The act of approximating; an approximate result.

The act of approximating; approach; a continual approach nearer and nearer to a quantity sought, when no process is known for arriving at it exactly.

A near approach; an advancing near.
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Usage examples for approximation

The theory being admitted, we can, by approximation determine the comparative antiquity of the superlative degree. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham

This thought took possession of the doctor's mind, and he imagined all sorts of ways of effecting some experimental approximation between Maurice and Euthymia. – A Mortal Antipathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The approximation of the curves towards the east and south east, Mr. Oldham believes to be partly real, and not due to imperfect information. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison

So far as my observations made in east Bengal and in various parts of the Gangetic delta afford a means of solving this question, this is a near approximation to the truth. – Himalayan Journals V2. by J. D. Hooker

Nay, this approximation goes so far as to make even the two sexes much less distinct than they are with us. – Primitive Love and LoveStories by Henry Theophilus Finck

Thus an approximation would be made to a steadiness and uniformity of price, which if attainable would conduce to the decided advantage of mercantile and mechanical operations. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various

" The negro in some respects makes a slight approximation – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell

Wherefore he kept on beside it down the valley, along what he now saw was a well defined and carefully constructed road, built of stone, cut to a nice approximation along which the unwieldy procession made good time. – Palos of the Dog Star Pack by J. U. Giesy

One must be content with an approximation to the truth. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez

Even when it is solved it will be only a close approximation to the case of earth, moon, and sun, for these bodies are not spherical, and are not rigid. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge

" Approximation is also one of the stones by whose aid we construct the edifice of common sense. – Common Sense Subtitle: How To Exercise It by YoritomoTashi

Between the two an approximation to an exact result can be made. – The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence by A. T. Mahan

Six of the crew were on board, seated on the thwarts with their oars shipped, for Peter had insisted on a certain approximation to man of war manners and discipline for the evening, or at least until they got to the fishing ground. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald

1891 1900 295 336 631 1901 1910 252 206 458 Total 547 542 1, 089 It will be noticed that there is a curious approximation between the numbers in the two columns, and nearly half the legislative output of Parliament thus takes a form which is at any rate contrary to the spirit of the Act of Union. – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan

Like a gentleman, or a Christian, or any other ideal, it is but a poor approximation which is commonly attained. – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle

Before their money was exhausted, Poindexter and his associates lived in considerable state, and entertained the friends who came to see them according to the best usages of Eastern country life within, and their own mild approximation of Western life without. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson

Complete data for this method are often not available; but in the early years of a field, before production curves are established, this method may serve for a rough approximation – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith

The approximation will be enough. – Plato's Republic by Plato

No approximation had been made towards reconciling absolutism with national liberty, persecution with toleration. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 15551623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley