American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act, process, or result of approximating.
- n. Mathematics An inexact result adequate for a given purpose.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of approximating; a drawing, moving, or advancing near in space, position, degree, or relation; approach; proximity.
- n. In mathematics and physical: A continual approach to a true result; the process by which the value of a quantity is calculated with continually increasing exactness without ever being actually ascertained
- n. A result so obtained; a result which is not rigorously exact, but is so near the truth as to be sufficient for a given purpose.
- n. The act, process or result of approximating.
- n. mathematics An imprecise solution or result that is adequate for a defined purpose.
- n. medicine The act of bringing together the edges of tissue to be sutured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating.
- n. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc.
- n. A continual approach or coming nearer to a result.
- n. A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.
- n. an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
- 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 imprecise or incomplete account
“So, a reasonable approximation is that oil prices should be expected to go up at the interest rate.”
“In early 20th century, with advances in approximation theory, spline functions were beginning to emerge.”
“Provided the approximation is done with enough significant digits, the numerator of the Bernoulli number is a mere integer part of the product.”
“The approximation is obtained by partitioning the x-axis, thus slicing the region into narrow strips, then approximating each strip with a rectangle and summing all the resulting approximations to produce a Riemann sum.”
“I think the closest approximation is probably consciousness, though certain aspects of consciousness are also considered by some to be part of the animal retinue of nature.”
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