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Approximation

Ap`prox`i`ma´tion
 n. 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 continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation.
 Noun 1 approximation - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"Synonyms: estimate, estimation, idea 2 approximation - the quality of coming near to identity (especially close in quantity) 3 approximation - an imprecise or incomplete account; "newspapers gave only an approximation of the actual events" 4 approximation - the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissueSynonyms: bringing close together
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