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

The largest capacity and the most noble dispositions are but an approximation to the proper standard and true symmetry of human nature. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • approximation — [ aprɔksimasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1314 chir.; lat. médiév. approximatio, du bas lat. approximare « approcher » 1 ♦ (1740) Math. Calcul par lequel on approche d une grandeur réelle; détermination approchée. Méthodes par approximations dans le calcul d une …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Approximation — (lat.: proximus, „der Nächste“) ist zunächst ein Synonym für Näherung; der Begriff wird in der Mathematik allerdings noch präzisiert. Es gibt vor allem zwei Gründe in der Mathematik, Näherungen zu untersuchen: Einmal könnte das Objekt des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • approximation — ap‧prox‧i‧ma‧tion [əˌprɒksˈmeɪʆn ǁ əˌprɑːk ] noun [countable] 1. a number, amount etc that is not exact, but is intended to give an idea of the real number, amount etc: • The figures are meant to be an approximation of the costs. 2. something… …   Financial and business terms

  • approximation — APPROXIMATION. s. f. Terme de Mathématique. Opération par laquelle on approche toujours de plus en plus de la valeur d une quantité cherchée, sans la trouver exactement. Résoudre un problème par approximation. On dit: Un calcul par approximation …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Approximation — (lat.), Annäherung (s. d.); approximativ, annähernd …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Approximation — (lat.), Annäherung, bei mathem. Rechnungen die Auffindung von Werten, welche dem wahren Wert einer Größe sehr nahe kommen; approximándo, annähernd, annäherungsweise, nach und nach; approximatīv, annähernd, ungefähr; der Wahrheit nahe kommend;… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • approximation — I noun approach, calculation, computation, contiguity, correspondence, estimate, estimation, inexactitude, inexactness, interpolation, likeness, measure, nearness, neighborhood, parity, propinquity, proximity, reckoning, resemblance, rough… …   Law dictionary

  • approximation — (n.) early 15c., act of coming near or close, noun of action from APPROXIMATE (Cf. approximate) (v.). Meaning result of approximating is from 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

  • approximation — [ə präk΄sə mā′shən] n. 1. the act or state of approximating, or coming close 2. an estimate, guess, or mathematical result that is approximately correct or close enough to exactness for a particular purpose …   English World dictionary

  • Approximation — An approximation (represented by the symbol ≈) is an inexact representation of something that is still close enough to be useful. Although approximation is most often applied to numbers, it is also frequently applied to such things as… …   Wikipedia

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